Carter was the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1965 to 1980.
Carter is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Carter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Carter was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1573 (96th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey any interest held by the United States in certain lands located in Bell County, Kentucky, to the ...
- H.R. 3530 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Eugenia C. Lyttle.
- H.R. 11366 (93rd): A bill to provide a 7-percent increase in social security benefits beginning with March 1974 and an additional 4-percent increase beginning with June 1974, to provide increases ...
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).
Carter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (39%) Education (16%) Social Welfare (15%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Taxation (6%) Labor and Employment (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%)
Some of Carter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8380 (96th): A bill to amend title 38 of the United States Code to ...
- H.R. 8336 (96th): A bill to amend section 314(d) of the Public Health Service Act ...
- H.R. 8278 (96th): A bill to amend title 38 of the United States Code to ...
- H.R. 8064 (96th): International Health Act of 1980
- H.R. 7733 (96th): A bill to require the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to ...
- H.R. 7231 (96th): Food Stamp Act Amendments of 1980
- H.R. 6887 (96th): A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise the ...
From Jan 1965 to Dec 1980, Carter missed 754 of 7,131 roll call votes, which is 10.6%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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
- 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