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Rep. Robert Whittaker

Former Representative for Kansas’s 5th District

Whittaker was the representative for Kansas’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1979 to 1990.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Whittaker is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Whittaker sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Whittaker was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

Whittaker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (32%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Health (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Labor and Employment (7%) Commerce (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1990, Whittaker missed 157 of 5,719 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is better than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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