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Rep. Joel Pritchard

Former Representative for Washington’s 1st District

Pritchard was the representative for Washington’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1984.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pritchard is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Pritchard sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Pritchard was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pritchard sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (27%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (20%) Immigration (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Housing and Community Development (13%) Labor and Employment (13%)

Recent Bills

Some of Pritchard’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1984, Pritchard missed 991 of 6,881 roll call votes, which is 14.4%. This is much worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: