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Rep. Michael Barnes

Former Representative for Maryland’s 8th District

Barnes was the representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1986.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Barnes is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Barnes sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Barnes was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were 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 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

Barnes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (46%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Private Legislation (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Health (7%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Immigration (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1986, Barnes missed 237 of 3,884 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is on par with the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1986. 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: