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Rep. Richard Vander Veen

Former Representative for Michigan’s 5th District

Vander Veen was the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1976.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Vander Veen was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vander Veen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (27%) Social Welfare (22%) Taxation (17%) Education (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Families (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Vander Veen recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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