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Rep. William Nichols

Former Representative for Alabama’s 3rd District

Nichols was the representative for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Alabama’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1967 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Nichols is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Nichols sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Nichols was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Nichols sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (40%) Government Operations and Politics (25%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Native Americans (10%) Education (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Oct 1988, Nichols missed 1,317 of 10,280 roll call votes, which is 12.8%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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