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Rep. Robert Nix Sr.

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 2nd District

Nix was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1957 to 1962.

Photo of Rep. Robert Nix [D-PA2, 1963-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Nix is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Nix sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Nix was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Nix sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (34%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Social Welfare (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Agriculture and Food (7%) International Affairs (6%) Private Legislation (6%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1958 to Oct 1978, Nix missed 1,269 of 6,562 roll call votes, which is 19.3%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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: