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Rep. Karen McCarthy

Former Representative for Missouri’s 5th District

McCarthy, a Democrat, was the representative for Missouri’s 5th congressional district from 1995 to 2004.

Congressional misconduct:

On Nov. 18, 2004, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated McCarthy for conversion of campaign funds to personal use and issued a public statement finding McCarthy to be at fault, but did not pursue further when she resigned. In 2004, McCarthy did not seek reelection after acknowledging that she had untreated alcoholism.

Photo of Rep. Karen McCarthy [D-MO5, 1995-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McCarthy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 McCarthy sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McCarthy was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

McCarthy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Environmental Protection (14%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Commerce (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Arts, Culture, Religion (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2004, McCarthy missed 240 of 5,958 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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