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Rep. Wes Watkins

Former Representative for Oklahoma’s 3rd District

Watkins was the representative for Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1977 to 1990.

Photo of Rep. Wes Watkins [R-OK3, 1997-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Watkins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Watkins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Watkins was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Watkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (17%) Commerce (17%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Health (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Energy (10%) Law (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Watkins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Nov 2002, Watkins missed 700 of 10,664 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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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Primary Sources

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