Mineta is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Mineta sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Mineta was the primary sponsor of 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 69 (104th): Providing for the reappointment of Homer Alfred Neal as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.R. 1253 (104th): To rename the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
- H.R. 4812 (103rd): To direct the Administrator of General Services to acquire by transfer the Old U.S. Mint in San Francisco, California, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3567 (103rd): John F. Kennedy Center Act Amendments of 1994
- H.J.Res. 280 (103rd): Providing for the appointment of Frank Anderson Shrontz as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.J.Res. 279 (103rd): Providing for the appointment of Manuel Luis Ibanez as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.J.Res. 353 (103rd): Designating July 16 through July 24, 1994, as “National Apollo Anniversary Observance”.
Does 35 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).
Mineta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Environmental Protection (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Arts, Culture, Religion (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)
Some of Mineta’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2231 (104th): Technology Export Review Act
- H.R. 1827 (104th): Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act Amendments of 1995
- H.R. 1753 (104th): United States Commemorative Coins Act of 1995
- H.R. 1440 (104th): Department of Transportation Reorganization Act of 1995
- H.R. 1441 (104th): United States Air Traffic Service Corporation Act
- H.R. 1287 (104th): For the relief of Nguyen Quy An and Nguyen Ngoc Kim Quy.
- H.R. 1253 (104th): To rename the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Don ...
From Jan 1975 to Sep 1995, Mineta missed 410 of 11,294 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1995. 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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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills