Vander Veen was the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1976.
Vander Veen is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Vander Veen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Vander Veen was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 11321 (94th): An Act to suspend until July 1, 1978, the duty on certain elbow prostheses if imported for charitable therapeutic use, or for free distribution, by certain public ...
Does 1 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).
Vander Veen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Vander Veen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 14835 (94th): Historic Preservation Tax Act
- H.R. 14834 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to increase ...
- H.R. 13247 (94th): A bill to name a certain Federal building in Grand Rapids, Mich., ...
- H.R. 13061 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to increase ...
- H.R. 13060 (94th): High Unemployment Area Tax Relief Act
- H.R. 11787 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to increase ...
- H.R. 11321 (94th): An Act to suspend until July 1, 1978, the duty on certain ...
From Jan 1973 to Oct 1976, Vander Veen missed 644 of 2,326 roll call votes, which is 27.7%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills