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Rep. Joseph Hoeffel

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 13th District

Hoeffel was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1999 to 2004.

Photo of Rep. Joseph Hoeffel [D-PA13, 1999-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hoeffel is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Hoeffel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hoeffel was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Hoeffel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Arts, Culture, Religion (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Education (9%) Commerce (9%) Law (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hoeffel recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2004, Hoeffel missed 152 of 3,431 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. 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: