Williams 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 Williams sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Williams was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Williams sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Williams’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6232 (98th): A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to ...
- H.R. 5202 (98th): A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to increase the ...
- H.R. 5014 (98th): A bill for the relief of Mishleen Earle.
- H.Con.Res. 263 (98th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding Andrew Susce, Sr.
- H.R. 4864 (98th): Housing Finance Opportunity Act of 1984
- H.R. 4454 (98th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Army, acting through the ...
- H.J.Res. 296 (98th): A joint resolution concerning the proposed U.S. Steel-British Steel purchase agreement.
From Jan 1979 to Oct 1984, Williams missed 611 of 2,994 roll call votes, which is 20.4%. This is much worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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