Waggonner was the representative for Louisiana’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1978.
Waggonner is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Waggonner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Waggonner was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1920 (95th): An Act to amend section 5064 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide for refund of tax on distilled spirits, wines, rectified products, and beer ...
- H.R. 10534 (95th): A bill to amend the Act incorporating The American Legion so as to redefine eligibility for membership therein.
- H.R. 3387 (95th): An Act to extend certain Social Security Act provisions, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1144 (94th): An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 with respect to the tax treatment of social clubs and certain other membership organizations, to provide for ...
- H.R. 1142 (94th): An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide for a distribution deduction for certain cemetery perpetual care fund, to modify the effective dates ...
- H.R. 10051 (94th): An Act to amend section 815 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a life insurance company to disregard (for purposes of that section) a distribution during ...
- H.R. 11830 (93rd): An Act to suspend the duty on synthetic rutile until the close of June 30, 1977.
Does 8 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).
Waggonner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Waggonner’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 14201 (95th): Expanded Employee Stock Ownership Act
- H.R. 14077 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 in regard ...
- H.R. 13882 (95th): Expanded Employee Stock Ownership Act
- H.R. 13657 (95th): A bill to suspend the duty on mixtures of mashed or macerated ...
- H.R. 13488 (95th): Foreign Earned Income Act
- H.R. 13336 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
- H.Res. 1246 (95th): A resolution amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to eliminate ...
From Jan 1962 to Oct 1978, Waggonner missed 400 of 6,209 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- 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