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Rep. Jolene Unsoeld

Former Representative for Washington’s 3rd District

Unsoeld was the representative for Washington’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1989 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. Jolene Unsoeld [D-WA3, 1989-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Unsoeld is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Unsoeld sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Unsoeld 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

Unsoeld sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (24%) Environmental Protection (23%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Labor and Employment (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Taxation (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Education (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Unsoeld recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Nov 1994, Unsoeld missed 87 of 2,958 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: