McDonald was the representative for Georgia’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1984.
McDonald is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 McDonald sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
McDonald sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (17%) Taxation (15%) Health (14%) Education (13%) Labor and Employment (11%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%)
Some of McDonald’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3488 (98th): A bill requiring United States persons who conduct business or control enterprises ...
- H.R. 3234 (98th): A bill to repeal the provisions of law which relate to the ...
- H.Res. 212 (98th): A resolution condemning the South West Africa People’s Organization terrorist campaign against ...
- H.R. 1616 (98th): Firearms Ownership Rights Act of 1983
- H.Con.Res. 41 (98th): A concurrent resolution authorizing a bust or statue of Booker T. Washington ...
- H.Res. 48 (98th): A resolution to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to ...
- H.R. 841 (98th): A bill to provide that existing regulations issued by the Secretary of ...
From Jan 1975 to Aug 1983, McDonald missed 473 of 5,212 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. This is on par with the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1983. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills