Brodhead was the representative for Michigan’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1982.
Brodhead is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Brodhead sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Brodhead was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 8533 (95th): Inland Waterways Revenue Act
- H.R. 9429 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to clarify the exemption from political organization taxable income for proceeds from bingo and related games.
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).
Brodhead sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Brodhead’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5861 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 with respect …
- H.R. 5838 (97th): A bill to remove the column 1 rate of duty and fix …
- H.R. 5808 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide …
- H.R. 5509 (97th): A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to …
- H.R. 5457 (97th): A bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to …
- H.R. 4473 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to permit …
- H.R. 4452 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to exempt …
From Jan 1975 to Dec 1982, Brodhead missed 225 of 4,901 roll call votes, which is 4.6%. This is better than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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
- 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