Bruce was the representative for Illinois’s 19th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1992.
Bruce is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Bruce sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Bruce was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5113 (101st): Injury Control Act of 1990
- H.R. 5112 (101st): Home Health Care and Alzheimer’s Disease Amendments of 1990
- H.R. 2858 (100th): Regulatory Fairness Act
Does 3 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).
Bruce sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Bruce’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5033 (102nd): To reliquidate certain entries on which excessive countervailing duties were paid, and ...
- H.R. 4299 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in order to provide ...
- H.Res. 331 (102nd): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the opening of ...
- H.R. 3319 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat as sale ...
- H.R. 3216 (102nd): Food Quality Protection Act of 1991
- H.R. 2871 (102nd): Clean Coal Technology Efficiency Improvement Act of 1991
- H.R. 2661 (102nd): Maternal and Early Childhood Health Care Act of 1991
From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Bruce missed 62 of 3,665 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is better than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills