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Rep. Melissa Bean

Former Representative for Illinois’s 8th District

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

Photo of Rep. Melissa Bean [D-IL8, 2005-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bean is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bean sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bean was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

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%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bean’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
Nay H.Res. 1284 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the House amendments to the Senate amendment to the ...
Jun 19, 2008. Passed 342/83.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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

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