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Rep. William Natcher

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 2nd District

Natcher was the representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1953 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. William Natcher [D-KY2, 1953-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Natcher is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Natcher sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Natcher was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 25 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

Natcher sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (18%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Health (13%) Education (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Environmental Protection (9%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Natcher recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1954 to Mar 1994, Natcher missed 58 of 14,293 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1994. 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.

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Primary Sources

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