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Rep. Stephen Fincher

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 8th District

Fincher was the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2016.

Photo of Rep. Stephen Fincher [R-TN8, 2011-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Fincher.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fincher is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 Fincher sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fincher was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Fincher sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (30%) Taxation (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Housing and Community Development (13%) Health (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Emergency Management (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Fincher’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Fincher voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Fincher 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 ...

Fincher voted No

Fincher voted Nay

Fincher voted No

Fincher voted Nay

Passed 330/93 on May 9, 2012.

The Export–Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 amended the Export–Import Bank Act of 1945 to extend the termination of functions of the Export–Import Bank of ...

Fincher 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2016, Fincher missed 441 of 4,135 roll call votes, which is 10.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. 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: