Flippo was the representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1990.
Flippo 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 Flippo sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.
Flippo was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5395 (100th): Sipsey Wild and Scenic River and Alabama Addition Act of 1988
- H.R. 2139 (100th): A bill for the relief of John H. Teele.
- H.R. 3325 (100th): A bill to designate the segment of Corridor V in the State of Alabama as the Robert E. (Bob) Jones, Jr. Highway.
- H.R. 2466 (100th): A bill to designate Morgan and Lawrence Counties in Alabama as a single metropolitan statistical area.
- H.J.Res. 470 (96th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating June 27, 1980 as “Helen Keller Day”.
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).
Flippo sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (32%) Government Operations and Politics (24%) Energy (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Environmental Protection (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)
Some of Flippo’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5484 (101st): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the provisions ...
- H.R. 5049 (101st): Healthcare Benefits for Retired Coalminers Act of 1990
- H.R. 4651 (101st): To direct the Secretary of the Army to convey a certain parcel ...
- H.R. 4408 (101st): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the ...
- H.R. 3459 (101st): Regarding the duty-free entry of a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer for the ...
- H.R. 3360 (101st): To add approximately 500 miles to the National System of Interstate and ...
- H.R. 3303 (101st): Polychlorinated Biphenyl Waste Regulatory Improvements Act of 1989
From Jan 1977 to Oct 1990, Flippo missed 1,011 of 7,267 roll call votes, which is 13.9%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills