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Rep. Joseph Evins

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 4th District

Evins was the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1953 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1947 to 1952.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Evins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Evins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Evins 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

Evins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Energy (13%) Commerce (12%) Taxation (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Evins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1947 to Oct 1976, Evins missed 1,322 of 6,074 roll call votes, which is 21.8%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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: