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Rep. Lewis Payne

Former Representative for Virginia’s 5th District

Payne was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1988 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Lewis Payne [D-VA5, 1988-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Payne is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Payne sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Payne sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (23%) Taxation (15%) Education (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Health (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Payne recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1988 to Sep 1996, Payne missed 81 of 4,565 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is better than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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