Patman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Patman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Patman was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6567 (94th): Defense Production Act Amendments
- H.R. 16032 (93rd): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to change the alloy and weight of the 1-cent piece and to amend the Bank Holding Act Amendments ...
- H.J.Res. 1057 (93rd): Joint resolution to extend by 30 days the expiration date of the Export Administration Act of 1969.
- H.J.Res. 1056 (93rd): Joint resolution to extend by 30 days the expiration date of the Defense Production Act of 1950.
- H.J.Res. 1058 (93rd): Joint resolution to extend by 30 days the expiration date of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945.
- H.J.Res. 719 (93rd): Joint resolution to extend the authority of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the insurance of loans and mortgages, to extend authorizations under ...
- H.R. 7681 (93rd): Fire Prevention and Control Act
Does 11 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).
Patman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (26%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Education (4%)
Some of Patman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 9917 (94th): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to ...
- H.Res. 747 (94th): Resolution expressing the sense of the House that optometric services be provided ...
- H.Res. 746 (94th): Resolution providing for the consideration of H.R. 7590, a bill to authorize ...
- H.R. 9703 (94th): A bill for the relief of Dimitri A. Cotseones.
- H.R. 9517 (94th): A bill to authorize construction of the Little Cypress Lake and Reservoir, ...
- H.R. 8882 (94th): A bill to amend section 514 of chapter 2 part II of ...
- H.R. 7590 (94th): A bill to authorize and direct the General Accounting Office to audit ...
From Apr 1929 to Mar 1976, Patman missed 1,089 of 6,981 roll call votes, which is 15.6%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1976. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1929-Feb 1930||9||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1930-Mar 1931||33||3||9.1%||0th|
|Dec 1931-Feb 1932||17||1||5.9%||0th|
|Dec 1932-Mar 1933||37||2||5.4%||0th|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills