Carson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Carson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Carson was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 573 (106th): To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Rosa Parks in recognition of her contributions to the Nation.
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).
Carson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Social Welfare (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Families (11%) Law (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (10%)
Some of Carson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3512 (110th): College Textbook Affordability and Transparency Act of 2007
- H.R. 3082 (110th): Montgomery GI Bill Degree Extension Act of 2007
- H.R. 2576 (110th): Help Identify Indicators of Potential Student Aggression Act of 2007
- H.Res. 381 (110th): Referring the bill (H.R. 2124), entitled “A bill for the relief of ...
- H.R. 2180 (110th): For the relief of Adela and Darryl Bailor.
- H.Res. 324 (110th): Honoring the life and accomplishments of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and extending the ...
- H.Res. 130 (110th): Congratulating the National Football League champion Indianapolis Colts for winning Super Bowl ...
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2007, Carson missed 1,000 of 6,987 roll call votes, which is 14.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2007. 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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