Ross was the representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2001 to 2012.
Ross is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Ross sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Ross was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 781 (110th): To redesignate Lock and Dam No. 5 of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System near Redfield, Arkansas, authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act approved July 24, ...
- H.R. 2011 (110th): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 100 East 8th Avenue in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as the “George Howard, Jr. Federal Building and ...
- H.R. 3853 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 208 South Main Street in Parkdale, Arkansas, as the Willie Vaughn Post Office.
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).
Ross sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Ross’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4784 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Daminozide.
- H.R. 4775 (112th): To extend the suspension of duty on Propargite.
- H.R. 4794 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on magnesium hydroxide with a purity greater ...
- H.R. 4776 (112th): To extend the suspension of duty on Pentaerythritol tetrakis[3-(dodecylthio)propionate].
- H.R. 4787 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Bis(2,3-dibromopropyl ether) of Tetrabromobisphenol A.
- H.R. 4788 (112th): To extend the suspension of duty on Phosphoric acid, tris (2-ethylhexyl) ester.
- H.R. 4795 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on certain urea resins.
From Jan 2001 to Jan 2013, Ross missed 157 of 8,568 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 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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