Stevenson 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Stevenson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Stevenson was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1250 (96th): Stevenson Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980
- S. 737 (96th): Export Administration Act of 1979
- S.J.Res. 77 (96th): A joint resolution congratulating the men and women of the Apollo Program upon the tenth anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon and requesting the ...
- S. 443 (96th): A bill to amend the Federal District Court Organization Act of 1978 with respect to certain administrative matters arising from the redrawing of the federal judicial districts ...
- S. 2093 (95th): Exchange Stabilization Fund Amendments Act
- S. 3521 (94th): Alaskan Natural Gas Transportation Act
- S. 3792 (93rd): Export Administration Amendments
Does 8 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).
Stevenson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (28%) Finance and Financial Sector (19%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Energy (8%) Taxation (7%) International Affairs (6%)
Some of Stevenson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3239 (96th): Industrial Development Bank Act of 1980
- S. 3169 (96th): Earth Data and Information Service Act of 1980
- S.J.Res. 189 (96th): Commission on Presidential Nominations Resolution
- S. 2718 (96th): An original bill to encourage exports by facilitating the formation and operation ...
- S. 2514 (96th): A bill to authorize appropriations for the international affairs functions of the ...
- S. 2379 (96th): Export Trading Company Act of 1980
- S. 2339 (96th): Competitive Export Financing Act of 1980
From Nov 1970 to Dec 1980, Stevenson missed 611 of 5,683 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is on par with 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills