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Rep. Virgil Goode

Former Representative for Virginia’s 5th District

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.

Photo of Rep. Virgil Goode [R-VA5, 1997-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Goode was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Immigration (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Goode recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: