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Rep. John Slack

Former Representative for West Virginia’s 3rd District

Slack was the representative for West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for West Virginia’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1962.

Enacted Legislation

Slack was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Slack sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Social Welfare (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Taxation (11%) Law (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Health (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Slack recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Apr 1980, Slack missed 459 of 7,306 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Apr 1980. 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: