Chapman was the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1996.
Chapman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Chapman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Chapman was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 3840 (103rd): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 100 East Houston Street in Marshall, Texas, as the “Sam B. Hall, Jr. Federal Building and …
Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Chapman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Law (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Water Resources Development (8%) Health (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Environmental Protection (8%)
Some of Chapman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2936 (104th): To provide that if a member nation of the North Atlantic Treaty …
- H.R. 994 (104th): Regulatory Sunset and Review Act of 1995
- H.R. 692 (104th): Rural Community Wastewater Treatment Affordability Act of 1995
- H.R. 125 (104th): Gun Crime Enforcement and Second Amendment Restoration Act of 1996
- H.R. 122 (104th): Regulatory Sunset Act of 1995
- H.R. 5100 (103rd): To repeal the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and the ban on …
- H.R. 3840 (103rd): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 100 …
From Sep 1985 to Sep 1996, Chapman missed 635 of 5,858 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills