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Rep. Philip Sharp

Former Representative for Indiana’s 2nd District

Sharp was the representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Indiana’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sharp is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Sharp sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sharp was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 10 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

Sharp sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (25%) Environmental Protection (20%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Health (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Social Welfare (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sharp recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Nov 1994, Sharp missed 352 of 10,594 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: