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Rep. Steven Schiff

Former Representative for New Mexico’s 1st District

Schiff was the representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1989 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. Steven Schiff [R-NM1, 1989-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Schiff is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Schiff sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Schiff 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

Schiff sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Law (11%) Commerce (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Mar 1998, Schiff missed 751 of 5,008 roll call votes, which is 15.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1998. 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: