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Rep. Robert Underwood

Former Representative for Guam’s At-Large District

Underwood was the representative from Guam and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2002.

Because Guam is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Underwood can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Photo of Rep. Robert Underwood [D-GU0, 1993-2002]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Underwood is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Underwood sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Underwood was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Underwood sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (35%) International Affairs (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Law (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: