Kissell was the representative for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2012.
Kissell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Kissell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Kissell was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Kissell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (35%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Health (9%) Taxation (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Emergency Management (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%)
Some of Kissell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 818 (112th): Expressing support for designating January 8th as Elvis Presley Day.
- H.R. 6466 (112th): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exempt certain ...
- H.Res. 645 (112th): Supporting the goals and ideals of National Teacher Day.
- H.R. 5327 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on preparations based on ethanediamide, ...
- H.R. 5146 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Chromate(4-), [7-amino-3-[(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-5-nitrophenyl)azo]-4-hydroxy -2-naphthalenesulfonato(3-)][6-amino-4-hydroxy-3-[(2-hydroxy 5 -nitro-3-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonato(4-)]-, tetraso
- H.R. 5149 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on Pigment Brown 25.
- H.R. 5153 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on 1-Acetyl-4-(3-dodecyl-2, 5-dioxo-1-pyrrolidinyl)-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine.
From Jan 2009 to Jan 2013, Kissell missed 50 of 3,261 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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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