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Rep. William Boner

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District

Boner was the representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1988.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Feb. 5, 1986, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct began investigating Boner for violations of the gift rule, improper use of campaign funds, conflict of interest, and improper use of official resources and preliminary inquiry authorized. On Apr. 23, 1987, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct deferred at DOJ request. On Sep. 23, 1987, Boner was elected mayor of Nashville. On Oct. 5, 1987, he resigned from Congress. On Dec. 14, 1987, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct staff report was published.

Feb. 5, 1986 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct preliminary inquiry authorized
Apr. 23, 1987 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct deferred at DOJ request
Sep. 23, 1987 Boner was elected mayor of Nashville.
Oct. 5, 1987 Resigned from Congress.
Dec. 14, 1987 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct staff report published

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boner 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Boner sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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

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: