Steele was the representative for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1974.
Steele is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Steele sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Steele was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Steele sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Emergency Management (30%) Education (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) International Affairs (9%) Health (8%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Families (7%)
Some of Steele’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 17249 (93rd): Home Purchase Assistance Act
- H.R. 17248 (93rd): Home Purchase Assistance Act
- H.R. 17014 (93rd): Home Purchase Assistance Act
- H.R. 17015 (93rd): Education for Exceptional Children Act
- H.R. 16845 (93rd): Public Utility Tax Act
- H.R. 16768 (93rd): Education for Exceptional Children Act
- H.R. 16767 (93rd): Home Purchase Assistance Act
From Nov 1970 to Dec 1974, Steele missed 299 of 1,798 roll call votes, which is 16.6%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills