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Sen. Alan Simpson

Former Senator from Wyoming, Republican

Simpson, a Republican, was a senator from Wyoming from 1979 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. Alan Simpson [R-WY, 1979-1996]


Our unique analysis of the bills Simpson sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Simpson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Simpson was the primary sponsor of 10 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

Simpson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Health (14%) Labor and Employment (13%) Law (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Families (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Simpson missed 330 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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: