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Rep. Willis Gradison Jr.

Former Representative for Ohio’s 2nd District

Gradison was the representative for Ohio’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1993.

He was previously the representative for Ohio’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1975 to 1982.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gradison is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Gradison sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gradison was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gradison sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (37%) Health (13%) Taxation (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Jan 1993, Gradison missed 386 of 9,483 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1993. 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: