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Rep. Richard “Dick” Gephardt

Former Representative from Missouri’s 3rd District, Democrat

Gephardt, a Democrat, was the representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district from 1977 to 2004.

Photo of Rep. Richard “Dick” Gephardt [D-MO3, 1977-2004]


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)

Enacted Legislation

Gephardt was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Law (11%) Health (11%) Families (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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