Cotter was the representative for Connecticut’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1982.
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 liberal–conservative 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.
Cotter was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7544 (96th): A bill to designate the United States Federal Building in New Haven, Connecticut, as the “Robert N. Giaimo Federal Building”.
- H.R. 7816 (96th): A bill to designate the United States Federal Building in Hartford, Connecticut, as the “Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building”.
- H.R. 8755 (95th): An Act to make specific provisions for ball or roller bearing pillow block, flange, take-up, cartridge, and hanger units in the Tariff Schedules of the United States, ...
- H.J.Res. 667 (95th): A joint resolution extending the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.
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).
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%) Energy (4%) Economics and Public Finance (4%)
Some of Cotter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4245 (97th): A bill to amend the Gun Control Act of 1968 to provide ...
- H.R. 4246 (97th): A bill to require a speedy trial for criminal defendants charged with ...
- H.R. 2346 (97th): Individual Retirement Savings Act of 1981
- H.R. 2253 (97th): A bill to authorize social security coverage, under the agreement entered into ...
- H.R. 2101 (97th): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with ...
- H.Res. 808 (96th): A resolution to express the concern of the House of Representatives over ...
- H.R. 8283 (96th): Individual Retirement Savings Act of 1980
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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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills