Platts was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2012.
Platts 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Platts sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Platts was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Platts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (29%) Social Welfare (21%) Education (12%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Social Sciences and History (5%)
Some of Platts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6044 (112th): Volunteer Veterans for Cemetery Service Act
- H.R. 5941 (112th): DART Act
- H.R. 3234 (112th): Unemployed Worker Assistance Act of 2011
- H.R. 1821 (112th): Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011
- H.R. 1335 (112th): To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include ...
- H.R. 411 (112th): For the relief of certain aliens who were aboard the Golden Venture.
- H.J.Res. 20 (112th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit ...
From Jan 2001 to Jan 2013, Platts missed 299 of 8,568 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than 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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