LaHood was the representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1995 to 2008.
LaHood is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 LaHood sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
LaHood was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2808 (109th): Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 2630 (109th): To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1927 Sangamon Avenue in Springfield, Illinois, as the “J.M. Dietrich Northeast Annex”.
- H.R. 852 (106th): Freedom to E-File Act
- H.R. 1451 (106th): Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Act
- H.R. 1880 (104th): To designate the United States Post Office building located at 102 South McLean, Lincoln, Illinois, as the “Edward Madigan Post Office Building”.
Does 5 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).
LaHood sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (28%) Government Operations and Politics (23%) Environmental Protection (12%) Law (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)
Some of LaHood’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1455 (110th): Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the United States ...
- H.R. 5300 (110th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on certain cores used in ...
- H.R. 5299 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 7-Hydroxy.
- H.R. 4821 (110th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on 2-amino-4-methoxy-6-methyl-1,3,5-triazine.
- H.R. 4824 (110th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on 3-(Ethylsulfonyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide.
- H.R. 4819 (110th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on 2-Methyl-4-methoxy-6-methylamino-1,3,5-triazine.
- H.R. 4820 (110th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on N-YY(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)amino?carbonyl?-3-(ethylsul onyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide and application ...
From Jan 1995 to Dec 2008, LaHood missed 504 of 9,048 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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