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Rep. William “Billy” Tauzin

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd District

Tauzin was the representative for Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district and was most recently a Republican (1995-2004) and previously a Democrat (1979-1995). He served from 1979 to 2004.

Photo of Rep. William “Billy” Tauzin [R-LA3, 1979-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tauzin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Tauzin sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Tauzin was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Tauzin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Commerce (14%) Law (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Health (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Social Welfare (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1980 to Dec 2004, Tauzin missed 1,191 of 12,839 roll call votes, which is 9.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. 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: