Browder was the representative for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 1996.
Browder 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 Browder sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Browder was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Browder sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Private Legislation (10%) Health (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Browder’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4131 (104th): Commission on Chemical and Biological Warfare Agent Exposure Act
- H.R. 4087 (104th): Dugger Mountain Wilderness Act of 1996
- H.R. 3289 (104th): To grant jurisdiction to the States over new gambling activities conducted on ...
- H.R. 3288 (104th): To direct that funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for fiscal ...
- H.Con.Res. 158 (104th): Instructing the Architect of the Capitol to recommend measures to recognize, through ...
- H.R. 2671 (104th): To provide that the President and Members of Congress shall not be ...
- H.R. 1874 (104th): To modify the boundaries of the Talladega National Forest, Alabama.
From Apr 1989 to Sep 1996, Browder missed 107 of 4,272 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with 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