Wydler is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Wydler sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Wydler was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7296 (95th): A bill to designate the new Terminal Radar Approach Control Federal Building in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., as the Charles A. Lindbergh Federal Building.
- H.R. 11196 (95th): A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to move the place for holding court for the district court of the Eastern District of New York ...
- H.R. 11683 (93rd): Energy Research Reorganization Act
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).
Wydler sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Environmental Protection (14%) Taxation (14%) Law (12%) International Affairs (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Labor and Employment (8%)
Some of Wydler’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8104 (96th): Toxic Chemical and Hazardous Waste Research and Development Act of 1980
- H.Res. 645 (96th): A resolution expressing the support of the Congress and the American people ...
- H.Res. 641 (96th): A resolution expressing the support of the Congress and the American people ...
- H.R. 6961 (96th): Emergency Evacuation Act of 1980
- H.R. 6925 (96th): A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to make Inauguration ...
- H.R. 6745 (96th): Radiation Control Act of 1979
- H.R. 6570 (96th): Low Level Radioactive Waste Burial Act of 1980
From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Wydler missed 972 of 7,361 roll call votes, which is 13.2%. This is worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills