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Rep. Mike Ross

Former Representative for Arkansas’s 4th District

Ross, a Democrat, was the representative for Arkansas's 4th congressional district from 2001 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Mike Ross [D-AR4, 2001-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ross was the primary sponsor of 3 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 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

Ross sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (43%) Health (23%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Energy (7%) Social Welfare (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%) Commerce (4%) Environmental Protection (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ross’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 2017 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
Jun 2, 2011. Passed 231/188.
Nay H.Con.Res. 332 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
Nov 17, 2010. Passed 234/184.
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Res. 1525 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 1424) to amend section 712 of ...
Oct 3, 2008. Passed 223/205.
Nay H.R. 6251 (110th): Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act
Jun 26, 2008. Failed 223/195.
Nay H.R. 2768 (110th): S-MINER Act
Jan 16, 2008. Passed 214/199.
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 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. ProPublica has tracked 74 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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