Sweeney is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Sweeney sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Sweeney was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1104 (106th): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to transfer administrative jurisdiction over land within the boundaries of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site to ...
- H.R. 658 (106th): Thomas Cole National Historic Site Act
Does 2 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).
Sweeney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Law (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Commerce (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Health (9%) Education (8%)
Some of Sweeney’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6071 (109th): High Risk Terrorism Prevention Initiative of 2006
- H.R. 5820 (109th): Federal Agency Data Privacy Protection Act
- H.R. 5708 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 5334 (109th): Small Scale Disaster Small Business Assistance Act of 2006
- H.R. 5287 (109th): Hunting Heritage Protection Act
- H.R. 5274 (109th): Boating Safety Tax Incentive Act
- H.R. 5189 (109th): Social Security Decedent’s Family Relief Act of 2006
From Jan 1999 to Dec 2006, Sweeney missed 415 of 4,645 roll call votes, which is 8.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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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