Goode was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was most recently a Republican (2002-2008) and previously a Democrat (1997-2000) and an Independent (2000-2002). He served from 1997 to 2008.
Goode is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Goode sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Goode was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5631 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1155 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the “Corporal Bradley T. Arms Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1456 (107th): Booker T. Washington National Monument Boundary Adjustment Act of 2002
- H.R. 4646 (106th): To designate certain National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the State of Virginia as wilderness areas, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1729 (106th): To designate the Federal facility located at 1301 Emmet Street in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the “Pamela B. Gwin Hall”.
Does 4 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).
Goode sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (29%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) International Affairs (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Law (9%) Immigration (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)
Some of Goode’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6806 (110th): Citizenship Should Count for Something Act
- H.R. 5865 (110th): To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to require ...
- H.R. 5631 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.J.Res. 75 (110th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to ...
- H.R. 4144 (110th): To require those applying for, and renewing, SCHIP, TAA, and ATAA benefits ...
- H.J.Res. 60 (110th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for ...
- H.R. 2510 (110th): To amend title 31, United States Code, to require the inscription “In ...
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2008, Goode missed 145 of 7,708 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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