Burlison was the representative for Missouri’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 1980.
Burlison is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Burlison sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Burlison was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7087 (93rd): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to sell reserved mineral interests of the United States in certain land in Missouri to Grace F. Sisler, ...
- H.R. 15018 (93rd): A bill to extend for 1 year the time for entering into a contract under section 106 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974.
- H.R. 1694 (93rd): For the relief of Ossie Emmons and others.
Does 3 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).
Burlison sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Burlison’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7813 (96th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to ...
- H.R. 7731 (96th): A bill terminating the restrictions imposed by the President on exports of ...
- H.R. 6305 (96th): A bill to authorize implementation of a flood control project at Sainte ...
- H.J.Res. 332 (96th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for ...
- H.J.Res. 308 (96th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for ...
- H.J.Res. 299 (96th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for ...
- H.R. 3544 (96th): A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from prohibiting the use ...
From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Burlison missed 243 of 6,259 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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