Torkildsen was the representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 1996.
Torkildsen is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Torkildsen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Torkildsen was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Torkildsen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (31%) Law (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Taxation (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%)
Some of Torkildsen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3892 (104th): D’Oench Duhme Reform Act
- H.R. 2959 (104th): To repeal the requirement enacted in the National Defense Authorization Act for ...
- H.R. 2806 (104th): Venture Capital Marketing Association Charter Act
- H.R. 2715 (104th): Paperwork Elimination Act of 1996
- H.R. 2471 (104th): To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the ...
- H.R. 2447 (104th): To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit nonparty ...
- H.R. 2188 (104th): To establish in the Department of the Interior the Essex National Heritage ...
From Jan 1993 to Sep 1996, Torkildsen missed 67 of 2,462 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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