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Rep. Melvin “Mel” Watt

Former Representative for North Carolina’s 12th District

Watt was the representative for North Carolina’s 12th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Melvin “Mel” Watt [D-NC12, 1993-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2013 Report Card for Watt.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Watt is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Watt sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Watt was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Watt sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (100%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Watt voted No

Watt voted No

Watt voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2013, Watt missed 279 of 14,072 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2013. 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

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