skip to main content

Rep. William Moorhead

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 14th District

Moorhead was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 28th congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1962.

Photo of Rep. William Moorhead [D-PA14, 1963-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moorhead is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Moorhead sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Moorhead was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

View All »

Does 27 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

Moorhead sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (24%) Government Operations and Politics (23%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Energy (7%) Housing and Community Development (6%) Taxation (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Moorhead recently introduced the following legislation:

View All » | View Cosponsors »

Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Dec 1980, Moorhead missed 818 of 7,782 roll call votes, which is 10.5%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

Show the numbers...

Primary Sources

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