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Rep. Wilbur “Dan” Daniel

Former Representative for Virginia’s 5th District

Daniel was the representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1988.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Daniel is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 Daniel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 2 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

Daniel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (25%) Economics and Public Finance (20%) Private Legislation (20%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Labor and Employment (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Daniel recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1987, Daniel missed 413 of 9,355 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is on par with the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1987. 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: