Evans was the representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2006.
Evans is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Evans sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Evans was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2959 (109th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the establishment of Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Centers in the Veterans Health Administration of the ...
- H.R. 2744 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 17th Street in Moline, Illinois, as the “David Bybee Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1090 (105th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to allow revision of veterans benefits decisions based on clear and unmistakable error.
Does 3 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).
Evans sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (28%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (10%) Law (10%) Families (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Housing and Community Development (7%)
Some of Evans’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5204 (109th): Federal Locks and Lock and Dam Facilities Act of 2006
- H.Res. 759 (109th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of ...
- H.R. 4914 (109th): Veterans’ Choice of Representation Act
- H.R. 3727 (109th): To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide emergency assistance to ...
- H.R. 3670 (109th): To extend for persons affected by Hurricane Katrina the time for appeal ...
- H.Con.Res. 235 (109th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that States should require candidates for ...
- H.R. 3666 (109th): To provide that, for the period ending August 31, 2007, veterans affected ...
From Jan 1983 to Dec 2006, Evans missed 678 of 12,865 roll call votes, which is 5.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills