McKernan was the representative for Maine’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1986.
McKernan is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 McKernan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
McKernan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 60 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning September 1, 1985, as “National School-Age Child Care Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 544 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning September 2, 1984, as “National School-Age Child Care Awareness Week”.
- H.R. 5350 (98th): A bill to designate a Federal building in Augusta, Maine, as the “Edmund S. Muskie Federal Building”.
Does 3 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).
McKernan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (23%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Labor and Employment (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Taxation (6%) Education (6%)
Some of McKernan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5630 (99th): A bill amending title 46, United States Code, to permit vessels owned ...
- H.R. 4590 (99th): A bill relating to certain foreign labor subsidies for which relief may ...
- H.R. 3988 (99th): A bill to enhance the enforcement of laws conserving American lobster.
- H.R. 3856 (99th): Recreational Marine Craft Act of 1985
- H.R. 3830 (99th): A bill to provide for a Samantha Smith Memorial Exchange and Scholarship ...
- H.R. 3798 (99th): A bill to authorize the establishment of a Merchant Ship Revolving Fund, ...
- H.R. 3226 (99th): A bill for the relief of Guy R. Allen.
From Jan 1983 to Oct 1986, McKernan missed 41 of 1,796 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is better than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1986. 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