Jones was the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1992.
Jones is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Jones sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Jones was the primary sponsor of 23 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1006 (102nd): Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 1991
- H.R. 4009 (101st): Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 1990
- H.R. 5497 (101st): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain lands to be added to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Alligator River National Wildlife ...
- H.R. 1465 (101st): Oil Pollution Act of 1990
- H.R. 1486 (101st): To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1990 for the Maritime Administration and for other purposes.
- H.R. 840 (101st): To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1990 for the Federal Maritime Commission.
- H.R. 3105 (100th): A bill to revise, consolidate and enact certain laws related to maritime commercial instruments and liens and public vessels and goods as chapters 313 and 315 of ...
Does 23 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).
Jones sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (31%) Environmental Protection (27%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Private Legislation (5%)
Some of Jones’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 548 (102nd): To provide for the consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 2152.
- H.R. 5627 (102nd): To amend the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to establish a ...
- H.R. 5564 (102nd): To amend the Shipping Act of 1984 to prohibit controlled carriers from ...
- H.R. 5459 (102nd): Antarctic Environmental Protection Protocol Act of 1992
- H.R. 5358 (102nd): To authorize issuance of a certificate of documentation for employment in the ...
- H.R. 5133 (102nd): To authorize the project for navigation at Morehead City Harbor, North Carolina.
- H.R. 4998 (102nd): To suspend until January 1, 1995, the duty on certain textile spinning ...
From Feb 1966 to Sep 1992, Jones missed 1,608 of 12,207 roll call votes, which is 13.2%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills