Pitts was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2016.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Pitts.
Pitts is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 Pitts sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.
Pitts was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 639 (114th): Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act
- H.R. 2340 (114th): To amend the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to remove regulatory barriers to the re-exportation of controlled substances among members of the European Economic Area.
- H.R. 4771 (113th): Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014
- H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
- H.R. 6075 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 101 East Gay Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania, as the “Robert J. Thompson Post Office ...
- H.R. 3423 (109th): Medical Device User Fee Stabilization Act of 2005
- H.R. 5418 (106th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 431 North George Street in Millersville, Pennsylvania, as the “Robert S. Walker Post Office”.
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).
Pitts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Pitts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6518 (114th): MACPAC Improvement Act of 2016
- H.R. 4725 (114th): Common Sense Savings Act of 2016
- H.R. 4368 (114th): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to clarify the ...
- H.R. 4367 (114th): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to end the ...
- H.R. 3984 (114th): Fairness for Crime Victims Act of 2015
- H.R. 3444 (114th): Medicaid and CHIP Territory Fraud Prevention Act
- H.Res. 352 (114th): Expressing support for the designation of a “Prisoners of Conscience Day”.
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H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
H.R. 2642 (113th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Jan 29, 2014. Passed 251/166.
H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 271/158.
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2016, Pitts missed 342 of 13,498 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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