Kolter was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1992.
Kolter faced an allegation of stealing money from the House Post Office. On May. 8, 1996, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with the former House postmaster and others to steal from the office.
|May. 8, 1996||Pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with the former House postmaster and others to steal from the office.|
Kolter is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Kolter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Kolter was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4308 (98th): A bill granting the consent of the Congress to an interstate compact for the preparation of a feasibility study for the development of a system of high-speed ...
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).
Kolter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Labor and Employment (17%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Health (14%) Taxation (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Kolter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4199 (102nd): To direct the Administrator of General Services to review existing House of ...
- H.R. 4157 (102nd): Public Works and Economic Development Act Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 3293 (102nd): To direct the Secretary of Energy to enter into an arrangement with ...
- H.R. 2753 (102nd): To amend the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act to require ...
- H.R. 2293 (102nd): To require the Secretary of Transportation to develop a Federal motor vehicle ...
- H.R. 2160 (102nd): Braille Designated Currency Act
- H.R. 2102 (102nd): Greater Pittsburgh Magnetic Levitation Transportation System Demonstration Act of 1991
From Jan 1983 to Oct 1992, Kolter missed 521 of 4,571 roll call votes, which is 11.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills