Patman was the representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 1984.
Patman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Patman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Patman was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 1935 (98th): A bill to ratify an exchange agreement concerning National Wildlife Refuge System lands located on Matagorda Island in Texas.
Does 1 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).
Patman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Patman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5563 (98th): A bill for the relief of O’Ferrall Pauly, publisher of the Mid-Coast ...
- H.Res. 311 (98th): A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the ...
- H.R. 2846 (98th): Strategic and Critical Materials Funding Act of 1983
- H.R. 2285 (98th): Strategic Petroleum Reserve Funding Act of 1983
- H.R. 1935 (98th): A bill to ratify an exchange agreement concerning National Wildlife Refuge System ...
- H.R. 1432 (98th): A bill to amend Federal Reserve Act to require the Board of ...
- H.R. 6938 (97th): A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the Board ...
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1984, Patman missed 43 of 1,718 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is better than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills