Dyson was the representative for Maryland’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 1990.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
On Jan. 31, 1990, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed allegations against Dyson for misuse of office funds and sex discrimination in hiring, having previously declined to consider the allegations when they were first lodged due to the proximity to election day in 1988.
Dyson 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 Dyson sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Dyson was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3427 (100th): A bill to allow the obsolete submarine United States ship Blenny to be transferred to the State of Maryland before the expiration of the otherwise applicable 60-day ...
- H.R. 5682 (99th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to make a certain conveyance of real property.
- H.R. 4107 (98th): A bill to designate the Federal building in Salisbury, Maryland, as the “Maude R. Toulson Federal Building”.
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).
Dyson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Environmental Protection (17%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Private Legislation (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) International Affairs (6%) Animals (6%)
Some of Dyson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5858 (101st): Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act of 1990
- H.R. 5244 (101st): Rural Law Enforcement Drug Act of 1990
- H.R. 5168 (101st): To authorize fishery documentation for the vessel Paula Sue.
- H.R. 5167 (101st): To authorize coastwise and Great Lakes documentation for the vessel Playpen.
- H.R. 4738 (101st): Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act of 1990
- H.R. 4282 (101st): To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, the Internal Revenue ...
- H.R. 4283 (101st): Panama Canal Commission Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1991
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1990, Dyson missed 183 of 4,451 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is on par with the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. 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
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills