Rep. Ralph Metcalfe

Former Representative from Illinois’s 1st District, Democrat

Metcalfe, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district from 1971 to 1978.



Our unique analysis of the bills Metcalfe sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Metcalfe is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Metcalfe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (25%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) International Affairs (13%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Private Legislation (8%) Law (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Metcalfe’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1971 to Oct 1978, Metcalfe missed 1,109 of 4,492 roll call votes, which is 24.7%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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