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Rep. Judy Biggert

Former Representative for Illinois’s 13th District

Biggert was the representative for Illinois’s 13th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 1999 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Judy Biggert [R-IL13, 1999-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Biggert is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Biggert sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Biggert was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Biggert sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (26%) Education (14%) Housing and Community Development (14%) Health (14%) Taxation (9%) Families (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Biggert voted Aye

Biggert voted No

Passed 251/172 on Oct 13, 2011.

Biggert voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Biggert voted No

Biggert voted Aye

Biggert voted Nay

Passed 319/60 on Jun 15, 2009.

Biggert voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Jan 2013, Biggert missed 68 of 9,782 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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: