Fitzgerald is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Fitzgerald sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 8, 2004. See full analysis methodology.
Fitzgerald was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S. 220 (108th): A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project in the State of Illinois.
- S. 23 (108th): Unemployment Benefits bill
- S. 2577 (107th): Holocaust Restitution Tax Fairness Act of 2002
- S. 2644 (107th): Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2002
- S. 777 (106th): Freedom to E-File Act
- S. 1733 (106th): Electronic Benefit Transfer Interoperability and Portability Act of 2000
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).
Fitzgerald sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Commerce (15%) Law (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Energy (7%) Labor and Employment (7%)
Some of Fitzgerald’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2898 (108th): Program Assessment and Results Act
- S. 2758 (108th): Legislative Branch Financial Accountability Act of 2004
- S. 2757 (108th): Judicial Branch Financial Accountability Act of 2004
- S.Con.Res. 134 (108th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the Parthenon ...
- S. 2743 (108th): Veterans Eye Treatment Safety (VETS) Act of 2004
- S.Res. 412 (108th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the importance of ...
- S. 2688 (108th): Executive Branch Financial Accountability Reporting Act of 2004
From Jan 1999 to Dec 2004, Fitzgerald missed 14 of 1,980 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. 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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