Lewis was the representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2008.
Lewis is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Lewis sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Lewis was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2894 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 102 South Walters Avenue in Hodgenville, Kentucky, as the “Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 4968 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 McHenry Street in Rosine, Kentucky, as the “Bill Monroe Post Office”.
- H.R. 1162 (106th): To designate the bridge on United States Route 231 that crosses the Ohio River between Maceo, Kentucky, and Rockport, Indiana, as the “William H. Natcher Bridge”.
- H.R. 2501 (104th): To extend the deadline under the Federal Power Act applicable to the construction of a hydroelectric project in Kentucky, and for other purposes.
Does 4 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).
Lewis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (28%) Commerce (16%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Environmental Protection (8%)
Some of Lewis’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 919 (110th): Congratulating Kentucky on being selected to host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian ...
- H.R. 4445 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Polycaprolactone Diol #1.
- H.R. 4447 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Polycaprolactone Diol #2.
- H.R. 4444 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Polycaprolactone Acrylate.
- H.R. 4446 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Polycaprolactone Triol.
- H.R. 4006 (110th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 3,3’-Dichlorobenzidine Dihydrochloride.
- H.R. 3696 (110th): To exclude the first $75,000 of the value of retirement plans (adjusted ...
From May 1994 to Dec 2008, Lewis missed 169 of 9,346 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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