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Rep. Tim Holden

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th District

Holden was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Tim Holden [D-PA17, 2003-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Holden is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Holden sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Holden 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

Holden sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Social Welfare (6%) Commerce (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Holden recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Holden voted Aye

Holden voted No

Holden voted Not Voting

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Holden voted Aye

Passed 242/182 on Mar 16, 2011.

Holden voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jan 2013, Holden missed 404 of 13,431 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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

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