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Rep. William Ratchford

Former Representative for Connecticut’s 5th District

Ratchford was the representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1984.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ratchford 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 Ratchford sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ratchford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (33%) Private Legislation (17%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Health (8%) Education (8%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ratchford recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1984, Ratchford missed 136 of 2,994 roll call votes, which is 4.5%. 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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Primary Sources

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