Fary was the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1982.
Fary is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Fary sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Fary 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).
Fary sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Private Legislation (15%) Taxation (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) International Affairs (9%) Arts, Culture, Religion (9%)
Some of Fary’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6666 (97th): A bill to amend the Joint Resolution of October 19, 1965, to ...
- H.R. 6559 (97th): A bill for the relief of Muyleng Marjorie Fu-Loqui.
- H.R. 6453 (97th): Capitol Grounds Master Plan Act
- H.R. 6417 (97th): A bill to amend Public Law 96-432 relating to the United States ...
- H.R. 6347 (97th): A bill to provide free mailing privileges with respect to parcels of ...
- H.Res. 447 (97th): A resolution declaring the sense of the House with respect to the ...
- H.R. 5594 (97th): A bill to provide student assistance benefits to dependents of State and ...
From Jul 1975 to Dec 1982, Fary missed 505 of 4,614 roll call votes, which is 10.9%. This is worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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