Owens is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Owens sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Owens was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2339 (103rd): Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act Amendments of 1994
- H.R. 2723 (103rd): Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 5482 (102nd): Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 6049 (102nd): Congressional Award Act Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 5483 (102nd): Education of the Deaf Act Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 2127 (102nd): Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1991
- H.R. 5275 (101st): Congressional Award Amendments of 1990
Does 16 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).
Owens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Owens’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6339 (109th): Homeland Security Community Mobilization Act of 2006
- H.R. 6177 (109th): To establish the United States Postal Service Memorial Fund for the benefit ...
- H.R. 6190 (109th): Immigration Relief and Protection Act of 2006
- H.R. 6028 (109th): To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide ...
- H.J.Res. 92 (109th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to ensure ...
- H.R. 4850 (109th): Pharmaceutical Products Price Equity Act
- H.R. 4847 (109th): Worker Amnesty and Opportunity Act of 2006
From Jan 1983 to Dec 2006, Owens missed 1,180 of 12,865 roll call votes, which is 9.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills