eightyyears tall

February 2013

This year, AAMVA celebrates its 80th anniversary. During that time there have been 41 congressional sessions, 13 presidents, and AAMVA’s Government Affairs team has tracked thousands of bills. To help put things in perspective on what has and has not been accomplished in that time frame, AAMVA offers some statistics that have helped shape public policy and government over the past eight decades.

Who held the majority of seats during those 41 congressional sessions?

This is how the numbers look for the eighteen jurisdictions that responded:

  • Party Divisions of the House of Representatives from 1933 to the Present: Democrats held the majority of seats during 31 congressional sessions and Republicans held the majority of seats during 10.
    Source: U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk
  • Party Divisions of the Senate from 1933 to the Present: Democrats held the majority of seats during 28 congressional sessions and Republicans held the majority during 11. There were two sessions where it was an even split.
    Source: U.S. Senate
  • Congressional Activity for the Senate and the House from 1947 to present (prior to 1947 is unavailable)
    • Total Bills Enacted into Law: 29,449
    • Total Measures Introduced: 540,548
    • Average Number of Days in Session per Congressional Session: 317
      Source: U.S. Senate, Resume of Congressional Activity

Executive Orders Issued by Administration

Number of Executive Orders Issued

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) 3,728
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) 896
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) 486
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) 214
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) 324
Richard Nixon (1969-1974) 346
Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) 169
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) 320
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) 381
George Bush (1989-1993) 166
William J. Clinton (1993-2001) 364
George W. Bush (2001-2009) 291
Barack Obama (2009-Present) 140

Source: National Archives

AAMVA’s Government Affairs team has created a section on the AAMVA website that is dedicated to keeping members informed on federal legislation, regulations, court cases, federal grants and AAMVA policy positions. The Government Affairs team also contributes regularly to the AAMVA blog.