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Sen. Adlai Stevenson

Former Senator for Illinois

Stevenson was a senator from Illinois and was a Democrat. He served from 1970 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. Adlai Stevenson [D-IL, 1970-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Stevenson was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Energy (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Taxation (7%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stevenson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: