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Rep. Patsy Mink

Former Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd District

Mink was the representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1990 to 2002.

She was previously the representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1976; and the representative for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1970.

Photo of Rep. Patsy Mink [D-HI2, 1990-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mink is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Mink sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mink was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Mink sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Labor and Employment (14%) Social Welfare (12%) Health (12%) Families (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Law (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Mink recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Sep 2002, Mink missed 667 of 11,191 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2002. 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: