Rep. Kenneth “Buddy” MacKay
Former Representative for Florida’s 6th District
MacKay was the representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1988.
MacKay is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 MacKay sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.
MacKay was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4354 (98th): A bill to designate the Federal Building in Ocala, Florida, as the “Golden-Collum Memorial Federal Building.
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).
MacKay sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (26%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Social Welfare (10%) International Affairs (10%) Health (6%) Education (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
MacKay recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 4771 (100th): A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to …
- H.R. 4666 (100th): A bill to redesignate the National Fisheries Research Center in Gainesville, Florida, …
- H.R. 4487 (100th): A bill to direct the Attorney General to permit the entry into …
- H.Con.Res. 279 (100th): A concurrent resolution to call for more truthful disclosure of the deficit.
- H.J.Res. 514 (100th): Emergency Assistance for the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance Act
- H.J.Res. 450 (100th): A joint resolution to designate the period commencing on September 5, 1988, …
- H.R. 2960 (100th): A bill to temporarily increase the statutory limit on the public debt, …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1983 to Oct 1988, MacKay missed 513 of 2,735 roll call votes, which is 18.8%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
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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