Hefley was the representative for Colorado’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 2006.
Hefley is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Hefley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Hefley was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2187 (107th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to make receipts collected from mineral leasing activities on certain naval oil shale reserves available to cover environmental restoration, waste ...
- H.R. 581 (107th): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to use funds appropriated for wildland fire management in the Department of the Interior and ...
- H.R. 2710 (106th): National Law Enforcement Museum Act
- H.R. 154 (106th): An Act to allow the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a fee system for commercial filming activities on Federal land, and ...
- H.R. 834 (106th): National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 2000
- H.R. 1926 (106th): Bring Them Home Alive Act of 1999
- H.R. 1026 (104th): To designate the United States Post Office building located at 201 East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the “Winfield Scott Stratton Post Office”.
Does 8 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).
Hefley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (26%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Law (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Commerce (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)
Some of Hefley’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6287 (109th): National Heritage Areas Partnership Act
- H.R. 5839 (109th): Leadership PAC Prohibition Act of 2006
- H.Res. 788 (109th): Supporting the goals and ideals of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
- H.Res. 776 (109th): Supporting the observance of a “National Day of the American Cowboy”.
- H.R. 4988 (109th): House Ethics Reform Act of 2006
- H.R. 4907 (109th): To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery ...
- H.R. 4818 (109th): South Park National Heritage Area Act
From Jan 1987 to Dec 2006, Hefley missed 261 of 11,069 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills