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Rep. John Tanner

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 8th District

Tanner was the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. John Tanner [D-TN8, 1989-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tanner is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Tanner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Tanner was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Tanner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (21%) Health (19%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) International Affairs (11%) Taxation (8%) Law (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Tanner recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Tanner voted Nay

Tanner voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Tanner voted Nay

Passed 411/8 on Jul 31, 2007.

The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110–81, 121 Stat. 735, enacted September 14, 2007) is a law of the United States …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Dec 2010, Tanner missed 529 of 13,661 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: