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Sen. Alan Cranston

Former Senator for California

Cranston, a Democrat, was a senator from California from 1969 to 1992.

Photo of Sen. Alan Cranston [D-CA, 1969-1992]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cranston is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate 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 Cranston sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cranston was the primary sponsor of 87 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Cranston sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (41%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Health (13%) International Affairs (10%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Oct 1992, Cranston missed 1,096 of 10,635 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is much worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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