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Rep. Wayne Gilchrest

Former Representative for Maryland’s 1st District

Gilchrest was the representative for Maryland’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1991 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. Wayne Gilchrest [R-MD1, 1991-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gilchrest 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 Gilchrest sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gilchrest was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Gilchrest sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Animals (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Environmental Protection (12%) International Affairs (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Law (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gilchrest recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Gilchrest voted Nay

Gilchrest voted Yea

Gilchrest voted Yea

Gilchrest voted Yea

Gilchrest voted Aye

Passed 231/191 on Jul 27, 2007.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Gilchrest voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Gilchrest missed 540 of 11,102 roll call votes, which is 4.9%. This is worse 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

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