Preyer was the representative for North Carolina’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1980.
Preyer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Preyer sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Preyer was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 367 (96th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to proclaim the week of September 16 through 22, 1979, as “National Meals on Wheels Week”.
- H.R. 13500 (95th): Presidential Records Act
- H.R. 8112 (95th): A bill to repeal chapter 27 of title 44, United States Code.
- H.R. 2952 (95th): A bill for the relief of Master Sergeant William E. Boone, United States Army retired.
- H.R. 11169 (95th): A bill to amend chapter 21 of title 44, United States Code, to include new provisions relating to the acceptance and use of records transferred to the ...
- H.R. 11874 (93rd): Energy Reorganization Act
- H.R. 11189 (93rd): A bill to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States over certain civil actions brought by the Congress, and for other purposes.
Does 7 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).
Preyer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Preyer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8443 (96th): International Communications Reorganization Act of 1980
- H.Con.Res. 446 (96th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress with regard to ...
- H.R. 8219 (96th): Federal Privacy of Telephone Records Act
- H.Con.Res. 417 (96th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that public school ...
- H.R. 7921 (96th): Product Liability Act of 1980
- H.R. 7836 (96th): Securities Law Investigation Privacy Protection Act
- H.R. 7747 (96th): A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the ...
From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Preyer missed 272 of 6,259 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills