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Rep. John Peterson

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th District

Peterson was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. John Peterson [R-PA5, 1997-2008]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Peterson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Peterson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Peterson was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Peterson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Commerce (12%) Energy (12%) Law (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Agriculture and Food (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Peterson voted Yea

Peterson voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2008, Peterson missed 789 of 7,708 roll call votes, which is 10.2%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: