Hall was the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1986.
Hall is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Hall sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
Hall was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1890 (99th): A bill to provide for an equitable waiver in the compromise and collection of Federal claims.
- H.R. 5189 (98th): A bill to amend section 3056 of title 18, United States Code, to update the authorities of the United States Secret Service, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 597 (98th): A bill to amend sections 2733, 2734, and 2736 of title 10, United States Code and section 715 of title 32, United States Code, to increase the ...
- H.R. 3922 (98th): Postal Savings System Statute of Limitations Act
- H.R. 3927 (98th): A bill for the relief of Kenneth L. Perrin.
- H.R. 596 (98th): A bill to transfer responsibility for furnishing certified copies of Miller Act payment bonds from the Comptroller General to the officer that awarded the contract for which ...
- H.R. 2479 (98th): An act to amend the Act of March 3, 1869, incorporating the Masonic Relief Association of the District of Columbia, now known as Acacia Mutual Life Insurance ...
Does 14 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).
Hall sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (34%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Private Legislation (12%) Law (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Taxation (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Immigration (5%)
Some of Hall’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2459 (99th): A bill to amend the Act entitled “An Act granting a charter ...
- H.R. 2153 (99th): A bill to authorize appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United ...
- H.R. 1890 (99th): A bill to provide for an equitable waiver in the compromise and ...
- H.R. 1620 (99th): A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to facilitate undocumented ...
- H.R. 1217 (99th): Farm Credit Private Control Restoration Act of 1985
- H.R. 440 (99th): A bill to amend title 28 of the United States Code to ...
- H.R. 438 (99th): A bill to provide for equitable waiver in the compromise and collection ...
From Jun 1976 to May 1985, Hall missed 242 of 4,969 roll call votes, which is 4.9%. This is on par with the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1985. 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
- 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