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Rep. Mel Reynolds

Former Representative for Illinois’s 2nd District

Reynolds was the representative for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1995.


On Jun. 28, 1995, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Reynolds for misuse of congressional staff for personal purposes, misuse of official resources, failure to repay personal debts and obstruction of justice. He was later convicted in state court of criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse, solicitation of child pornography and obstruction of justice on Aug. 22, 1995. On Sep. 1, 1995, he resigned. On Sep. 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court convicted him on four misdemeanor counts alleging he failed to file a federal income tax return for four consecutive years.

Jun. 28, 1995 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct preliminary inquiry voted, but no public information would be made until the conclusion of the state trial
Sep. 1, 1995 Resigned.
Sep. 28, 2017 U.S. District Court convicted on four misdemeanor counts alleging he failed to file a federal income tax return for four consecutive years
Photo of Rep. Mel Reynolds [D-IL2, 1993-1995]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Reynolds is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Reynolds sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Reynolds sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (26%) Taxation (26%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Health (13%) Commerce (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Reynolds recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Sep 1995, Reynolds missed 451 of 1,822 roll call votes, which is 24.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1995. 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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Primary Sources

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