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Rep. Neal Smith

Former Representative for Iowa’s 4th District

Smith was the representative for Iowa’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Iowa’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1972.

Enacted Legislation

Smith was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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

Smith sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (16%) International Affairs (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Environmental Protection (13%) Commerce (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Health (11%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Nov 1994, Smith missed 858 of 14,287 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is worse than 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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Primary Sources

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