Porter was the representative for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2008.
Porter is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Porter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Porter was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 658 (110th): Natural Resource Protection Cooperative Agreement Act
- H.R. 4057 (109th): To provide that attorneys employed by the Department of Justice shall be eligible for compensatory time off for travel under section 5550b of title 5, United States ...
- H.R. 2254 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Colorado Street in Boulder City, Nevada, as the “Bruce Woodbury Post Office Building”.
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).
Porter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Families (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Law (10%)
Some of Porter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7104 (110th): National Commission on Financial Collapse and Recovery Act of 2008
- H.R. 6909 (110th): To direct the Secretary of the Interior to give priority to consideration ...
- H.Res. 1432 (110th): Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption ...
- H.R. 6837 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 5601 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 5239 (110th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the ...
- H.R. 4018 (110th): Mesquite Lands Act of 2007
From Jan 2003 to Dec 2008, Porter missed 42 of 4,311 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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