Synar was the representative for Oklahoma’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1994.
Synar is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Synar sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Synar was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 416 (103rd): To extend the period during which chapter 12 of title 11 of the United States Code remains in effect, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3444 (99th): Cherokee Leasing Act
- H.R. 6221 (98th): Fort Berthold Reservation Mineral Restoration Act
- H.R. 2329 (97th): A bill conferring jurisdiction on certain courts of the United States to hear and render judgement in connection with certain claims of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
- H.J.Res. 633 (97th): A joint resolution designating the week of January 16 through January 22, 1983, as “National Jaycee Week”.
Does 5 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).
Synar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Environmental Protection (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Native Americans (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Energy (7%)
Some of Synar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4994 (103rd): Baseball Fans and Communities Protection Act of 1994
- H.R. 4821 (103rd): Honey Springs National Battlefield and Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Act of …
- H.R. 3702 (103rd): To amend section 1341 of title 28, United States Code, relating to …
- H.R. 2818 (103rd): To increase the fee for the enforcement of the Tea Importation Act.
- H.R. 2469 (103rd): Congressional Campaign and Election Reform Act of 1993
- H.R. 2326 (103rd): Bankruptcy Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 2147 (103rd): Fairness in Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation Act of 1993
From Jan 1979 to Nov 1994, Synar missed 310 of 7,781 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills