Rep. Neal Smith
Former Representative for Iowa’s 4th District
Smith was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4606 (103rd): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995
- H.R. 2519 (103rd): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1994
- H.R. 5678 (102nd): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993
- H.R. 2608 (102nd): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1992
- H.R. 5021 (101st): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1991
- H.R. 2991 (101st): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1990
- H.R. 4782 (100th): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1989
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).
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%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Smith recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 4606 (103rd): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies …
- H.R. 3249 (103rd): Rural Telemedicine Development Act of 1993
- H.R. 2519 (103rd): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations …
- H.R. 1972 (103rd): Urgent Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1993
- H.R. 367 (103rd): Social Security Trust Fund Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 366 (103rd): Fair Treatment Act of 1993
- H.R. 363 (103rd): National Topsoil Preservation Act of 1993
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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, major life events, and running for higher office.
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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills