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Rep. William Cotter

Former Representative for Connecticut’s 1st District

Cotter was the representative for Connecticut’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. William Cotter [D-CT1, 1971-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cotter 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 Cotter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cotter was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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).

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cotter recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: