Rep. William Jefferson

Former Representative from Louisiana’s 2nd District, Democrat

Jefferson, a Democrat, was the representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district from 1991 to 2008.



Our unique analysis of the bills Jefferson 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 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Jefferson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Jefferson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Emergency Management (20%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Social Welfare (11%) Health (10%) Taxation (9%) Commerce (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Jefferson missed 1,199 of 11,102 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. ProPublica has tracked 1 explanation for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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