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Rep. Silvio Conte

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 1st District

Conte was the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1959 to 1991.

Photo of Rep. Silvio Conte [R-MA1, 1959-1991]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Conte 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Conte sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Conte was the primary sponsor of 44 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 44 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Conte sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Taxation (19%) Social Welfare (13%) Health (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Commerce (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Conte recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Feb 1991, Conte missed 494 of 12,254 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1991. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: