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Rep. Robert Clement

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District

Clement was the representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1988 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Robert Clement [D-TN5, 1988-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Clement is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Clement sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Clement was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Clement sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Law (13%) Transportation and Public Works (13%) Social Welfare (13%) Education (13%) Families (10%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Clement recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1988 to Nov 2002, Clement missed 342 of 8,146 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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