Baker was the representative for Tennessee’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1974.
Baker is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Baker sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Baker was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 1315 (93rd): For relief of Jesse McCarver, Georgia Villa McCarver, Kathy McCarver, and Edith McCarver.
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).
Baker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Labor and Employment (18%) Private Legislation (11%) International Affairs (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)
Some of Baker’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 17507 (93rd): A bill to amend the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Act of 1974.
- H.R. 17089 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- H.R. 16964 (93rd): A bill to incorporate the United States Submarine Veterans of World War ...
- H.R. 16635 (93rd): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act so ...
- H.R. 16503 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- H.R. 16117 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- H.R. 15895 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Frank P. Arp.
From Jan 1971 to Dec 1974, Baker missed 229 of 1,727 roll call votes, which is 13.3%. This is worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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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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