Foglietta was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district and was most recently a Democrat (1983-1997) and previously an Independent (1981-1982). He served from 1981 to 1997.
Foglietta 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 Foglietta sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
Foglietta was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2574 (99th): A bill for the relief of the survivors of Christopher Eney.
- H.R. 2903 (99th): A bill to designate the Federal Building and United States Post Office located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Robert N. C. Nix, Sr., Building.
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).
Foglietta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Law (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Commerce (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Labor and Employment (10%)
Some of Foglietta’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4092 (104th): Freedom of the Highways Act of 1996
- H.R. 3351 (104th): Corporate Welfare Reform Act
- H.R. 3241 (104th): More Power for Empowerment Zones Act of 1996
- H.R. 2755 (104th): Corporate and Farm Independence Act
- H.R. 4642 (103rd): To provide for the restoration of Washington Square in Philadelphia and for ...
- H.R. 4116 (103rd): Senior Safe Corridors Act
- H.R. 3998 (103rd): Check Cashing Consumer Protection Act of 1994
From Jan 1981 to Nov 1997, Foglietta missed 954 of 8,471 roll call votes, which is 11.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1997. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills