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Rep. Robert Kastenmeier

Former Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd District

Kastenmeier was the representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1959 to 1990.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kastenmeier is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Kastenmeier sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kastenmeier was the primary sponsor of 47 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Kastenmeier sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Law (27%) Commerce (25%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Agriculture and Food (6%) International Affairs (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kastenmeier’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1990, Kastenmeier missed 288 of 12,231 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is better than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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