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Rep. Otto Passman

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 5th District

Passman was the representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1947 to 1976.

Enacted Legislation

Passman 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

Passman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (33%) Economics and Public Finance (25%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (25%) Government Operations and Politics (17%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Passman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1947 to Oct 1976, Passman missed 832 of 6,074 roll call votes, which is 13.7%. This is worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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

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