Sharp, a Democrat, was the representative for Indiana's 2nd congressional district from 1983 to 1994.
He was previously the representative for Indiana's 10th congressional district (1975-1982).
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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.
Sharp was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 776 (102nd): Energy Policy Act of 1992
- H.R. 4808 (101st): Solar, Wind, Waste, and Geothermal Power Production Incentives Act of 1990
- H.R. 1722 (101st): Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act of 1989
- H.R. 2266 (100th): Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Act of 1988
- H.R. 4158 (100th): National Appliance Energy Conservation Amendments of 1988
- H.R. 4843 (99th): A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act for the purpose of improving national energy policy.
- H.R. 1699 (99th): Energy Policy and Conservation Amendments Act of 1985
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 about one third or more 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).
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%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Health (6%) Emergency Management (5%)
Some of Sharp’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5247 (103rd): To provide for extensions and modifications of certain hydro and renewable energy ...
- H.R. 5248 (103rd): Comprehensive One-Call Notification Act of 1994
- H.Con.Res. 298 (103rd): Providing for the printing of the book entitled “Members of the United ...
- H.R. 4866 (103rd): Solar, Wind, Waste, and Geothermal Power Production Act of 1994
- H.R. 4750 (103rd): Energy Policy and Conservation Act Amendments of 1994
- H.R. 4752 (103rd): Energy Policy and Conservation Act Amendments of 1994
- H.R. 4751 (103rd): To reauthorize appropriations for the weatherization program under section 422 of the ...
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.
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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
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills