Jenkins was the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2006.
Jenkins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Jenkins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Jenkins was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4116 (108th): American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 3380 (107th): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines within the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- H.R. 4608 (106th): To designate the United States courthouse located at 220 West Depot Street in Greeneville, Tennessee, as the “James H. Quillen United States Courthouse”.
Does 3 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).
Jenkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (39%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Law (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Commerce (5%)
Some of Jenkins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5120 (109th): To amend title 35, United States Code, to conform certain filing provisions ...
- H.J.Res. 74 (109th): Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
- H.R. 2093 (109th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 2-Methylhydroquinone.
- H.R. 2095 (109th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 1-fluoro-2-nitro benzene.
- H.R. 2094 (109th): To suspend temporarily the duty on thionyl chloride.
- H.R. 1783 (109th): To suspend temporarily the duty on Anisidine.
- H.R. 1785 (109th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 2,4-Xylidine.
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2006, Jenkins missed 291 of 5,832 roll call votes, which is 5.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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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