Coleman was the representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1996.
Coleman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Coleman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Coleman was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2415 (104th): To designate the United States Customs Administrative Building at the Ysleta/Zaragosa Port of Entry located at 797 South Ysleta in El Paso, Texas, as the “Timothy C. ...
- H.R. 454 (102nd): For the relief of Bruce C. Veit.
- H.R. 4758 (101st): Rio Grande American Canal Extension Act of 1990
- H.R. 4777 (100th): A bill to modify the boundary of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 318 (100th): Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act
Does 5 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).
Coleman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (26%) Environmental Protection (14%) Private Legislation (12%) International Affairs (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Education (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)
Some of Coleman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2415 (104th): To designate the United States Customs Administrative Building at the Ysleta/Zaragosa Port ...
- H.R. 1875 (104th): To provide for the conveyance of the reversionary interest of the United ...
- H.R. 1554 (104th): To direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a ...
- H.R. 1315 (104th): For the relief of Kris Murty.
- H.R. 1124 (104th): To amend chapters 83 and 84 of title 5, United States Code, ...
- H.R. 670 (104th): To waive certain statutory time limitations with respect to the award of ...
- H.R. 574 (104th): Southwest Public Health Laboratory Act
From Jan 1983 to Sep 1996, Coleman missed 271 of 7,033 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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