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Rep. Stephen “Steve” Buyer

Former Representative for Indiana’s 4th District

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.

Photo of Rep. Stephen “Steve” Buyer [R-IN4, 2003-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Buyer was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Buyer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (38%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Health (13%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Education (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Buyer recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Buyer voted Yea

Buyer voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Buyer voted Nay

Buyer voted Aye

Missed Votes

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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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