Our unique analysis of the bills Gephardt 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 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gephardt is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Gephardt was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5110 (103rd): Uruguay Round Agreements Act
- H.R. 4790 (103rd): To designate the United States courthouse under construction in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse”.
- H.J.Res. 329 (103rd): Designating March 23, 1994, as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.”.
- H.J.Res. 300 (103rd): Providing for the convening of the Second Session of the One Hundred Third Congress.
- H.R. 3000 (103rd): Act for Reform in Emerging New Democracies and Support and Help for Improved Partnership with Russia, Ukraine, and Other New Independent States
- H.J.Res. 228 (103rd): To approve the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment with respect to the products of Romania.
- H.J.Res. 150 (103rd): Designating April 2, 1993, as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.”.
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).
Gephardt sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Labor and Employment (12%) Taxation (12%) Health (11%) Law (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)
Some of Gephardt’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5218 (108th): Matt’s Health Insurance Plan Act of 2004
- H.R. 3271 (108th): Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act of 2003
- H.R. 3081 (108th): ProMISE Act
- H.R. 2153 (108th): Corporate Subsidy Reform Commission Act of 2003
- H.R. 5600 (107th): Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act of 2002
- H.R. 5160 (107th): Business, Investors’, and Employees’ Bill of Rights Act of 2002
- H.R. 4933 (107th): Historic Rehabilitation Enhancement Act of 2002
From Jan 1977 to Dec 2004, Gephardt missed 2,514 of 15,279 roll call votes, which is 16.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. 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:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills