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Rep. Robert Jones Jr.

Former Representative for Alabama’s 5th District

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

He was previously the representative for Alabama’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1972; the representative for Alabama’s at-large district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1964; and the representative for Alabama’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1947 to 1962.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Jones 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 Jones sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Jones was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 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

Jones sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (25%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Water Resources Development (13%) Environmental Protection (12%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Taxation (6%) Energy (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Jones recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1947 to Oct 1976, Jones missed 814 of 6,072 roll call votes, which is 13.4%. This is 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: