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Rep. Paul Kanjorski

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th District

Kanjorski was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D-PA11, 1985-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kanjorski is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Kanjorski sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kanjorski was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Kanjorski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (27%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Commerce (15%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Law (7%) Health (6%) Social Welfare (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kanjorski recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Kanjorski voted Nay

Kanjorski voted No

Passed 253/171 on Sep 17, 2009.

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA; H.R. 3221) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives of the 111th …

Kanjorski voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Kanjorski voted Nay

Passed 244/188 on Jan 28, 2009.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub.L. 111–5), nicknamed the Recovery Act, was a stimulus package enacted by the 111th U.S. Congress …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2010, Kanjorski missed 251 of 15,490 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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