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Rep. Walter Minnick

Former Representative for Idaho’s 1st District

Minnick was the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Walter Minnick [D-ID1, 2009-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Minnick is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Minnick sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Minnick 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

Minnick sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (25%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Sports and Recreation (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Law (12%) International Affairs (12%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Minnick recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Minnick voted Nay

Minnick voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Minnick voted Nay

Passed 416/1 on Mar 31, 2009.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Dec 2010, Minnick missed 32 of 1,655 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 2010. 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: