Sullivan was the representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2002 to 2012.
Sullivan 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Sullivan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Sullivan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 366 (110th): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the “Ernest Childers Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic”.
- H.R. 2018 (109th): Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act
- H.R. 4851 (107th): To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6910 South Yorktown Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the “Robert Wayne Jenkins Station”.
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).
Sullivan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Health (20%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Environmental Protection (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Energy (9%) Taxation (6%)
Some of Sullivan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6550 (112th): To establish an advisory committee on national security telecommunications.
- H.R. 6552 (112th): To continue an advisory committee considering the optimal security, reliability, and interoperability ...
- H.R. 6551 (112th): To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure that security is ...
- H.R. 6553 (112th): To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to add an additional purpose ...
- H.R. 5911 (112th): Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012
- H.R. 4825 (112th): Congressional Accountability in Budgeting and Spending Act
- H.R. 4033 (112th): Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act
From Feb 2002 to Jan 2013, Sullivan missed 731 of 8,015 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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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