Butler was the representative for Virginia’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1982.
Butler is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Butler sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Butler was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 12112 (95th): An Act designating Gathright Lake on the Jackson River, Virginia, as Gathright Dam and Lake Moomaw.
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).
Butler sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Butler’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7349 (97th): Omnibus Bankruptcy and Court Improvement Act
- H.R. 7294 (97th): Omnibus Bankruptcy and Court Improvement Act
- H.Con.Res. 379 (97th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the Soviet ...
- H.R. 6816 (97th): Diversity Jurisdiction Reform Act of 1982
- H.R. 6691 (97th): Diversity Jurisdiction Reform Act of 1981
- H.R. 6461 (97th): A bill to amend title 11, United States Code, to provide for ...
- H.R. 6034 (97th): A bill to amend title 11, United States Code, to provide for ...
From Jan 1973 to Dec 1982, Butler missed 457 of 5,979 roll call votes, which is 7.6%. This is on par with the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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