Buyer was the representative for Indiana’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2010.
He was previously the representative for Indiana’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
On Aug. 1, 2001, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Buyer for improper use of official resources for political purpose and dismissed the complaint unanimously. A public letter was sent to Buyer.
|Aug. 1, 2001||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed complaint unanimously and public letter sent to Buyer|
Buyer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Buyer sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Buyer was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6342 (109th): Veterans Programs Extension Act of 2006
- H.R. 2043 (107th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2719 South Webster Street in Kokomo, Indiana, as the “Elwood Haynes ‘Bud’ Hillis Post Office ...
Does 2 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).
Buyer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (38%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Labor and Employment (7%) Education (7%) Housing and Community Development (6%)
Some of Buyer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1726 (111th): Honoring the service and accomplishments of Kingston Smith, Republican Staff Director and ...
- H.R. 6127 (111th): Extension of Health Care Eligibility for Veterans Who Served at Qarmat Ali ...
- H.Res. 1501 (111th): Honoring the Patriot Guard Riders for their steadfast dedication in support of ...
- H.R. 5641 (111th): Heroes at Home Act
- H.R. 4894 (111th): To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure appropriate ...
- H.R. 4220 (111th): Promoting Jobs for Veterans Act of 2009
- H.R. 4221 (111th): Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Improvement Act of 2009
From Jan 1993 to Dec 2010, Buyer missed 954 of 11,825 roll call votes, which is 8.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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