Stephens was the representative for Georgia’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1976.
Stephens is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Stephens sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Stephens was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7728 (94th): A bill to suspend until the close of October 31, 1975, the duty on catalysts of platinum and carbon used in producing caprolactam.
- H.R. 10622 (93rd): A bill to authorize the disposal of silicon carbide from the national stockpile and the supplemental stockpile.
- H.R. 6394 (93rd): A bill to suspend the duty on caprolactam monomer in water solution until the close of December 31, 1973.
Does 3 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).
Stephens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (18%) Housing and Community Development (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Commerce (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)
Some of Stephens’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 13470 (94th): A bill to establish the Frederick Law Olmsted Home and Office in ...
- H.R. 13348 (94th): Consumer Communications Reform Act
- H.R. 12530 (94th): A bill for the relief of Dean P. Currier.
- H.R. 9818 (94th): A bill to suspend sections 4, 6, and 7 of the Real ...
- H.R. 9411 (94th): A bill to provide for adjustments in the lands or interests therein ...
- H.R. 7939 (94th): A bill to amend section 5146 of the Revised Statutes with respect ...
- H.R. 7728 (94th): A bill to suspend until the close of October 31, 1975, the ...
From Jan 1961 to Oct 1976, Stephens missed 1,059 of 4,786 roll call votes, which is 22.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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