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Rep. Spencer Bachus

Former Representative for Alabama’s 6th District

Bachus was the representative for Alabama’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Spencer Bachus [R-AL6, 1993-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Bachus.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bachus is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Bachus sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bachus was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Bachus sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (54%) Housing and Community Development (31%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bachus recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Bachus voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Bachus voted Aye

Bachus voted Aye

Bachus voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Bachus voted Yea

Passed 321/105 on Mar 18, 2009.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act or Serve America Act (H.R. 1388, Public Law 111-13) was introduced in the United States House of Representatives …

Bachus voted Yea

Passed 293/109 on Sep 18, 2008.

Bachus voted Yea

Bachus voted Nay

Passed 381/34 on May 15, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2014, Bachus missed 535 of 14,635 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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