Anderson was the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1961 to 1980.
Anderson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Anderson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Anderson was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1153 (96th): A bill for the relief of Nyoman Rahmawati.
- H.R. 4466 (95th): Department of Energy Organization Act
- H.R. 17291 (93rd): Veterans and Survivors Pension Adjustment Act
- H.R. 16450 (93rd): A bill to amend the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973 to exempt from its provisions the period from the last Sunday in October ...
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).
Anderson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (38%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Labor and Employment (9%) Taxation (9%) Energy (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Environmental Protection (6%) Health (6%)
Some of Anderson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6605 (96th): Youth Career Intern Program Act
- H.R. 6072 (96th): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to ...
- H.R. 6071 (96th): Motor Fuels Conservation Tax Act of 1979
- H.R. 5443 (96th): A bill to authorize a special program of humanitarian assistance for the ...
- H.R. 4777 (96th): A bill for the relief of Seung Sue Cua.
- H.Res. 265 (96th): A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the ...
- H.Res. 249 (96th): A resolution to amend Rule X of the Rules of the House ...
From Jan 1961 to Dec 1980, Anderson missed 2,113 of 7,602 roll call votes, which is 27.8%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills