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Rep. John Anderson

Former Representative for Illinois’s 16th District

Anderson was the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1961 to 1980.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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