Lancaster was the representative for North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1994.
Lancaster is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Lancaster sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Lancaster was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 3327 (100th): A bill to designate the Federal Building located at 324 West Market Street in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the “L. Richardson Preyer Federal Building”.
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).
Lancaster sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (22%) Health (15%) Taxation (11%) Private Legislation (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Agriculture and Food (7%)
Some of Lancaster’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4837 (103rd): To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation ...
- H.R. 4819 (103rd): To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation ...
- H.R. 4797 (103rd): To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation ...
- H.R. 4364 (103rd): To direct the Secretary of Transportation to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain ...
- H.R. 4044 (103rd): To require the Secretary of Agriculture to issue regulations for the purchase ...
- H.R. 3931 (103rd): To amend the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act to make North ...
- H.R. 3518 (103rd): To suspend temporarily the duties on cefuroxime axetil (bulk and dosage forms).
From Jan 1987 to Nov 1994, Lancaster missed 98 of 3,897 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills