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Rep. Joseph Kolter

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th District

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.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Kolter 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

Kolter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Labor and Employment (17%) Health (14%) Taxation (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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