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Rep. Todd Platts

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th District

Platts was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Todd Platts [R-PA19, 2001-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Platts was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Platts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (29%) Social Welfare (21%) Education (12%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Platts recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Platts voted Aye

Platts voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Platts voted Yea

Passed 216/139 on Dec 21, 2010.

Platts voted Aye

Passed 253/171 on Sep 17, 2009.

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA; H.R. 3221) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives of the 111th …

Platts voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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