Rep. Melissa Bean

Former Representative from Illinois’s 8th District, Democrat

Bean, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district from 2005 to 2010.



Our unique analysis of the bills Bean sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bean is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bean sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (21%) Commerce (17%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Families (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bean’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2010, Bean missed 171 of 4,745 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. ProPublica has tracked 29 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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