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Rep. Joshua Eilberg

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th District

Eilberg was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1967 to 1978.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Sep. 13, 1978, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Eilberg for conflict of interest by helping a hospital receive a federal grant and conducted inquiry. On Oct. 24, 1978, he was indicted. On Nov. 7, 1978, he lost the election.

Sep. 13, 1978 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct conducted inquiry
Oct. 24, 1978 Indicted.
Nov. 7, 1978 Lost the election.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Eilberg 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Eilberg sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Eilberg was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Eilberg sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Social Welfare (13%) Taxation (13%) Immigration (13%) Private Legislation (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Law (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Oct 1978, Eilberg missed 524 of 5,461 roll call votes, which is 9.6%. This is on par with 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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Primary Sources

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