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Rep. William Boner

Former Representative from Tennessee’s 5th District, Democrat

Boner, a Democrat, was the representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district from 1979 to 1988.


Our unique analysis of the bills Boner sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Boner is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Boner was the primary sponsor of 6 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 about one third or more 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

Boner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (30%) Taxation (18%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Families (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Immigration (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Economics and Public Finance (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1987, Boner missed 555 of 4,211 roll call votes, which is 13.2%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1987. 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: