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Rep. Kweisi Mfume

Former Representative for Maryland’s 7th District

Mfume was the representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Kweisi Mfume [D-MD7, 1987-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mfume is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Mfume sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mfume 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

Mfume sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Education (15%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Feb 1996, Mfume missed 271 of 4,812 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1996. 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: