Alexander was the representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1992.
Alexander is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Alexander sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Alexander was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 637 (101st): To declare September 1991 as “National Rice Month”.
- H.J.Res. 633 (101st): To declare September 1991 as “National Rice Month”.
- H.R. 1591 (98th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to allow any taxpayer to elect to treat for income tax purposes any crop received under a ...
- H.J.Res. 410 (97th): A joint resolution to designate April 19, 1982, as “Dutch-American Friendship Day”.
- H.R. 2515 (96th): A bill to authorize on a temporary basis certain business and agricultural loans, notwithstanding interest limitations in state constitutions or statutes, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4817 (96th): Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1979
- H.R. 8812 (95th): A bill to name a certain Federal building in Jonesboro, Ark., the E. C. “Took” Gathings Building.
Does 13 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).
Alexander sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (19%) Families (15%) Immigration (15%) Environmental Protection (11%) Water Resources Development (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)
Some of Alexander’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6189 (102nd): Equal Human Rights for All American Children Act of 1992
- H.R. 4705 (102nd): Agricultural Commodity Embargo Limitation Act
- H.R. 4561 (102nd): Overseas American Children’s Human Rights Act of 1992
- H.R. 4560 (102nd): Overseas United States Citizens’ Representation in the Congress Act of 1992
- H.R. 4562 (102nd): Overseas American Economic Competition Enhancement Act of 1992
- H.R. 4522 (102nd): To extend the authorization of appropriations of the TRIO Programs under the ...
- H.R. 3646 (102nd): To authorize the Secretary of the Army to carry out an agricultural ...
From Jan 1969 to Oct 1992, Alexander missed 1,943 of 11,642 roll call votes, which is 16.7%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills