Bryant was the representative for Texas’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1996.
Bryant 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 Bryant sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Bryant was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 207 (102nd): Commemorating the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the chartering, by an Act of Congress of the Boy Scouts of America.
- H.R. 1677 (101st): Children’s Television Act of 1990
- H.J.Res. 231 (100th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning October 4, 1987, as “National School Yearbook Week”.
- H.R. 5056 (99th): A bill to permit registered public utility holding companies to own certain interests in qualifying cogeneration facilities.
- H.R. 4783 (99th): Anti-Kickback Act of 1986
- H.R. 3788 (98th): Texas Wilderness Act of 1984
Does 6 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).
Bryant sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Law (16%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Environmental Protection (9%)
Some of Bryant’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4145 (104th): Act to Save America’s Forests
- H.R. 2883 (104th): Family Farm and Home Protection Act
- H.Res. 242 (104th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2261) to provide for the ...
- H.R. 2407 (104th): Forest Biodiversity Act of 1995
- H.R. 2261 (104th): Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995
- H.Con.Res. 99 (104th): Providing for corrections in the enrollment of the bill (H.R. 1854) making ...
- H.Res. 127 (104th): Providing for the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 40) to amend ...
From Jan 1983 to Sep 1996, Bryant missed 593 of 7,033 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than 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