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Rep. “Butch” Otter

Former Representative for Idaho’s 1st District

Otter was the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2006.

Photo of Rep.  “Butch” Otter [R-ID1, 2001-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Otter is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Otter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Otter was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Otter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Law (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Water Resources Development (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Agriculture and Food (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Dec 2006, Otter missed 58 of 3,431 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is better than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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: