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Rep. William Coyne

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 14th District

Coyne was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. William Coyne [D-PA14, 1981-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Coyne is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Coyne sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Coyne was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Coyne sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (28%) Commerce (19%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Environmental Protection (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Law (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Nov 2002, Coyne missed 325 of 11,242 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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: