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Rep. Wes Cooley

Former Representative for Oregon’s 2nd District

Cooley was the representative for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1995 to 1996.

Misconduct

Cooley faced an allegation of lying to voters about his military service in official state voter guides. On Mar. 19, 1997, he was convicted, ordered to pay a fine, and placed on two years' probation. On Aug. 7, 1996, he did not run for re-election.

Mar. 19, 1997 Convicted, ordered to pay a fine, and placed on two years' probation.
Aug. 7, 1996 Did not run for re-election.
Photo of Rep. Wes Cooley [R-OR2, 1995-1996]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cooley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Cooley sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cooley was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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

Cooley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Law (15%) Water Resources Development (13%) Energy (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Animals (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cooley’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Sep 1996, Cooley missed 9 of 1,340 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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