Rep. William Cotter

Former Representative from Connecticut’s 1st District, Democrat

Cotter, a Democrat, was the representative for Connecticut's 1st congressional district from 1971 to 1982.



Our unique analysis of the bills Cotter 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 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Cotter is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cotter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (28%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Labor and Employment (16%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Economics and Public Finance (4%) Energy (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1971 to Aug 1981, Cotter missed 1,129 of 5,995 roll call votes, which is 18.8%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1981. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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