Sarpalius was the representative for Texas’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 1994.
Sarpalius is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Sarpalius sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Sarpalius was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2294 (103rd): To designate the Federal building in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is currently known as the Main Post Office, as the “Graham B. Purcell, Jr., Post Office and ...
- H.J.Res. 345 (101st): Designating the week of March 1 through 7, 1990, as “National Quarter Horse Week”.
Does 2 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).
Sarpalius sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (21%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Environmental Protection (16%) Taxation (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Health (11%)
Some of Sarpalius’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 324 (103rd): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit ...
- H.R. 2654 (103rd): To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt certain ...
- H.R. 2294 (103rd): To designate the Federal building in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is currently ...
- H.R. 2187 (103rd): Helium Act Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 1512 (103rd): To amend title 23, United States Code, to repeal provisions establishing a ...
- H.R. 952 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the $50 ...
- H.R. 339 (103rd): Secured Credit Availability Amendments of 1993
From Jan 1989 to Nov 1994, Sarpalius missed 62 of 2,958 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is better than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills