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Sen. Abraham Ribicoff

Former Senator for Connecticut

Ribicoff was a senator from Connecticut and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Connecticut’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1949 to 1952.

Photo of Sen. Abraham Ribicoff [D-CT, 1963-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ribicoff is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Ribicoff sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ribicoff was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 18 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

Ribicoff sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (56%) Labor and Employment (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Ribicoff missed 1,127 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 14.3%. This is worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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: