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Rep. John Olver

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 1st District

Olver was the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1991 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. John Olver [D-MA1, 1991-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Olver is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Olver sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Olver 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

Olver sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) Sports and Recreation (9%) Law (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Olver’s Vote Vote Description
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 5743 (112th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
May 31, 2012. Passed 386/28.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.R. 5136 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
May 28, 2010. Passed 229/186.
No H.R. 5658 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
May 22, 2008. Passed 384/23.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
No H.R. 1908 (110th): Patent Reform Act of 2007
Sep 7, 2007. Passed 220/175.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jun 1991 to Jan 2013, Olver missed 401 of 14,207 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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