McHale was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1998.
McHale is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 McHale sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
McHale was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2263 (105th): To authorize and request the President to award the congressional Medal of Honor posthumously to Theodore Roosevelt for his gallant and heroic actions in the attack on ...
- H.J.Res. 276 (103rd): Designating May 1, 1994, through May 7, 1994, as “National Walking Week”.
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).
McHale sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Taxation (20%) Commerce (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Labor and Employment (7%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Law (6%)
Some of McHale’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 140 (105th): Condemning and censuring William Jefferson Clinton.
- H.Con.Res. 351 (105th): Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a technical ...
- H.Con.Res. 302 (105th): Recognizing the importance of children and families in the United States and ...
- H.R. 3668 (105th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the furnishing ...
- H.R. 2958 (105th): Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act Amendments of 1997
- H.R. 2263 (105th): To authorize and request the President to award the congressional Medal of ...
- H.R. 1323 (105th): Tobacco Advertising Tax Reform Act
From Jan 1993 to Dec 1998, McHale missed 12 of 3,649 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills