Berry was the representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2010.
Berry is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Berry sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Berry was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3634 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 109 Main Street in Swifton, Arkansas, as the “George Kell Post Office”.
- H.R. 4456 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2404 Race Street in Jonesboro, Arkansas, as the “Hattie W. Caraway Station”.
- H.R. 3059 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 304 West Michigan Street in Stuttgart, Arkansas, as the “Lloyd L. Burke Post Office”.
Does 3 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).
Berry sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (28%) Health (23%) Agriculture and Food (17%) Social Welfare (9%) International Affairs (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Emergency Management (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Berry recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 1685 (111th): Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the annual September celebration of the harvest …
- H.Res. 1399 (111th): Honoring the lives, and mourning the loss, of Sergeant Brandon Paudert and …
- H.R. 5182 (111th): To help certain communities adversely affected by FEMA’s flood mapping modernization program.
- H.R. 4813 (111th): To provide for insurance reform (including health insurance reform), amend title XVIII …
- H.R. 4177 (111th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2009
- H.R. 3979 (111th): Protecting Americans from Drug Marketing Act
- H.R. 3634 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2010, Berry missed 290 of 9,363 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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