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Rep. William Ratchford

Former Representative from Connecticut’s 5th District, Democrat

Ratchford, a Democrat, was the representative for Connecticut's 5th congressional district from 1979 to 1984.


Our unique analysis of the bills Ratchford sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ratchford is shown as a purple triangle. (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 (13%) Transportation and Public Works (13%) Health (8%) Education (8%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

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Primary Sources

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