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Rep. Mary Oakar

Former Representative for Ohio’s 20th District

Oakar was the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1977 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Mary Oakar [D-OH20, 1977-1992]


Oakar faced an allegation of lying to the FBI, using the House Bank to convert public money to her own use. On Sep. 30, 1997, she pleaded guitly to two misdemeanors. In 1992, she was not re-elected.

1992 Was not re-elected.
Sep. 30, 1997 Pleaded guitly to two misdemeanors.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Oakar is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Oakar sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Oakar was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 24 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Oakar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (26%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Health (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Environmental Protection (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Oakar recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Oct 1992, Oakar missed 720 of 8,199 roll call votes, which is 8.8%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: