Michel was the representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1957 to 1994.
Michel is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Michel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Michel was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 326 (102nd): Designating the month of November 1991, as “National Accessible Housing Month”.
- H.J.Res. 104 (102nd): To designate March 26, 1991, as “Education Day, U.S.A.”.
- H.J.Res. 77 (102nd): Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution
- H.J.Res. 500 (101st): To designate April 6, 1990 as “Education Day, U.S.A.”.
- H.J.Res. 173 (101st): To designate April 16, 1989, as “Education Day, U.S.A.”.
- H.R. 1100 (100th): A bill to authorize an affiliated status with the National Park Service for the Wildlife Prairie Park, in the State of Illinois.
- H.J.Res. 470 (100th): A joint resolution to designate March 29, 1988, as “Education Day U.S.A.”.
Does 16 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).
Michel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Taxation (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Health (10%) Education (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Michel recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5300 (103rd): Affordable Health Care Now Act of 1994
- H.Res. 586 (103rd): That Members of the House express their profound thanks and appreciation to …
- H.Res. 585 (103rd): Authorizing and directing the Speaker to administer the oath of office to …
- H.Res. 450 (103rd): Providing that the House make public in printed form all transcripts and …
- H.Res. 442 (103rd): Electing Representative Lucas of Oklahoma to the Committees on Agriculture and Government …
- H.Con.Res. 248 (103rd): Providing for the printing of eulogies and encomiums of the late President …
- H.Res. 419 (103rd): House Administration Reform Resolution of 1994
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1957 to Nov 1994, Michel missed 1,467 of 14,480 roll call votes, which is 10.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills