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Rep. Norvell “Bill” Emerson

Former Representative for Missouri’s 8th District

Emerson was the representative for Missouri’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 10th congressional district as a Republican from 1981 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. Norvell “Bill” Emerson [R-MO8, 1983-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Emerson 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Emerson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Emerson was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Emerson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Taxation (14%) Law (13%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Education (10%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Emerson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Jun 1996, Emerson missed 200 of 7,658 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1996. 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: