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Rep. Rodney Alexander

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 5th District

Alexander was the representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district and was most recently a Republican (2004-2013) and previously a Democrat (2003-2004). He served from 2003 to 2013.

Photo of Rep. Rodney Alexander [R-LA5, 2003-2013]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Alexander is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Alexander sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Alexander sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Emergency Management (13%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Water Resources Development (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Alexander recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Alexander voted Aye

Alexander voted Aye

Alexander voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Alexander voted Yea

Alexander voted Yea

Alexander voted Aye

Passed 299/128 on Jan 9, 2007.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Sep 2013, Alexander missed 278 of 8,062 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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