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Rep. Morris Udall

Former Representative for Arizona’s 2nd District

Udall was the representative for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1991.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Udall is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Udall sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Udall was the primary sponsor of 68 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 68 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

Udall sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Native Americans (27%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Energy (14%) Environmental Protection (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Health (5%) Education (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Udall recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1961 to May 1991, Udall missed 1,937 of 12,100 roll call votes, which is 16.0%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1991. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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