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Rep. Richard “Dick” Gephardt

Former Representative for Missouri’s 3rd District

Gephardt was the representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 2004.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Sep. 28, 1997, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Gephardt for inadequate financial disclosure on a series of land sales and financial agreements regarding property purchased and exchanged in North Carolina. The committee dismissed the complaint.

Sep. 28, 1997 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed complaint
Photo of Rep. Richard “Dick” Gephardt [D-MO3, 1977-2004]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gephardt is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Gephardt sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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).

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%) Health (11%) Law (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (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: