Martin was the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 1981 to 1990.
Martin is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Martin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.
Martin was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.J.Res. 664 (99th): A joint resolution to designate July 3, 1986, as “Let Freedom Ring Day”, and to request the President to issue a proclamation encouraging the people of the ...
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).
Martin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) Environmental Protection (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Labor and Employment (10%) Commerce (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%)
Some of Martin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 684 (101st): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States limiting the ...
- H.R. 5636 (101st): To amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets ...
- H.R. 5585 (101st): To amend part C of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control ...
- H.J.Res. 614 (101st): To designate the decade beginning January 1, 1990, as the “Decade of ...
- H.R. 5180 (101st): Depository Institutions’ Civil and Criminal Enforcement Act
- H.J.Res. 521 (101st): Designating July 8 through 14, 1990, as “National Agent Orange Sreening Awareness ...
- H.R. 4140 (101st): Pollution Control Investment Tax Credit Act of 1990
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1990, Martin missed 337 of 4,451 roll call votes, which is 7.6%. This is worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills