Beard was the representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1982.
Beard is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Beard sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Beard was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 11510 (94th): A bill to provide for starling and blackbird control in Kentucky and Tennessee.
- H.R. 3710 (94th): A bill to authorize the One Hundred and First Airborne Divisions Association to erect a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs.
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).
Beard sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Labor and Employment (13%) Taxation (13%) Environmental Protection (8%) Health (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%)
Some of Beard’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7015 (97th): Office of Strategic Trade Act of 1982
- H.R. 6969 (97th): A bill to amend the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 ...
- H.Con.Res. 382 (97th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the Tennessee ...
- H.R. 6737 (97th): A bill to abolish the insanity defense for Federal crimes.
- H.R. 6689 (97th): Rural Enterprise Zone Act of 1982
- H.R. 5979 (97th): Railroad Cost Recovery and Retirement Fund Act of 1982
- H.R. 5806 (97th): A bill to establish an Inspector General in the Tennessee Valley Authority.
From Jan 1973 to Dec 1982, Beard missed 728 of 5,979 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills