Our unique analysis of the bills Richardson 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 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Richardson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Richardson was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 434 (105th): To provide for the conveyance of small parcels of land in the Carson National Forest and the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, to the village of ...
- H.R. 4108 (104th): Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 1996
- H.R. 517 (104th): Chacoan Outliers Protection Act of 1995
- H.R. 4709 (103rd): To make certain technical corrections, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4842 (103rd): Indian Self-Determination Act Amendments of 1994
- H.R. 4833 (103rd): American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994
- H.R. 4230 (103rd): American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994
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 about one third or more 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).
Richardson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Environmental Protection (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Native Americans (12%) Health (11%) Law (8%) Commerce (7%)
Some of Richardson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 732 (105th): To authorize an appropriation for the construction of a public museum located ...
- H.R. 555 (105th): Native American Telecommunications Act of 1997
- H.R. 489 (105th): Park Renewal Fund Act
- H.R. 487 (105th): Minority Health Improvement Act of 1997
- H.R. 485 (105th): To appropriate funds for the purpose of implementing the compromise between the ...
- H.R. 486 (105th): Native American Telecommunications Act of 1997
- H.R. 488 (105th): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement ...
From Jan 1983 to Feb 1997, Richardson missed 291 of 7,054 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1997. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills