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Rep. Leonard Boswell

Former Representative for Iowa’s 3rd District

Boswell was the representative for Iowa’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Leonard Boswell [D-IA3, 1997-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boswell 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 Boswell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Boswell was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Boswell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (18%) Health (18%) Taxation (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Energy (10%) Education (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Boswell’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Boswell voted Nay

Boswell voted Aye

Boswell voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Jan 2013, Boswell missed 360 of 10,969 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is on par with 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: