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Rep. Robert Roe

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 8th District

Roe was the representative for New Jersey’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1992.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Roe is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Roe sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Roe was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 25 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

Roe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Social Welfare (17%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) Health (11%) International Affairs (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Nov 1969 to Oct 1992, Roe missed 1,056 of 11,508 roll call votes, which is 9.2%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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: