Panetta is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Panetta sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Panetta was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4016 (102nd): Community Environmental Response Facilitation Act
- H.J.Res. 201 (102nd): Designating the week beginning December 1, 1991, and the week beginning November 15, 1992, each as “Geography Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 175 (102nd): To designate the weeks beginning December 1, 1991, and November 29, 1992, as “National Home Care Week”.
- H.R. 5835 (101st): Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990
- H.J.Res. 512 (101st): Designating November 11 through 17, 1990, as “Geography Awareness Week”.
- H.R. 3299 (101st): Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989
- H.J.Res. 142 (101st): To designate the period commencing November 12, 1989, and ending November 18, 1989, as “Geography Awareness Week”.
Does 19 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).
Panetta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (18%) Taxation (16%) Environmental Protection (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Social Welfare (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)
Some of Panetta’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 530 (103rd): To condition the closure of a military medical facility in the United ...
- H.R. 534 (103rd): To provide that a special census shall be conducted, without charge to ...
- H.R. 531 (103rd): To provide for the conveyance of real property at Fort Ord, California, ...
- H.R. 533 (103rd): To provide for the transfer of a parcel of land at Fort ...
- H.R. 529 (103rd): Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act
- H.R. 532 (103rd): Federal Foreign Language Institute Consolidation Act
- H.R. 474 (103rd): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the ...
From Jan 1977 to Jan 1993, Panetta missed 264 of 8,206 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1993. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills