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Rep. Joseph “Joe” Knollenberg

Former Representative for Michigan’s 9th District

Knollenberg was the representative for Michigan’s 9th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 11th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Joseph “Joe” Knollenberg [R-MI9, 2003-2008]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Knollenberg 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Knollenberg sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Knollenberg was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Knollenberg sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (17%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Education (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Knollenberg’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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Knollenberg voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2008, Knollenberg missed 160 of 10,170 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. 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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Primary Sources

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