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Rep. Norvell “Bill” Emerson

Former Representative from Missouri’s 8th District, Republican

Emerson, a Republican, was the representative for Missouri's 8th congressional district from 1983 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Missouri's 10th congressional district (1981-1982).

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Emerson sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Emerson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Agriculture and Food (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

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Primary Sources

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