Gore was Vice President of the United States and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2001.
He was previously a senator from Tennessee as a Democrat from 1985 to 1992; the representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1984; and the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1977 to 1982.
Gore 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Gore sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Gore was the primary sponsor of 29 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 272 (102nd): High-Performance Computing Act of 1991
- S.J.Res. 189 (102nd): A joint resolution to establish the month of October, 1991, as “Country Music Month”.
- S. 674 (102nd): A bill to designate the United States Post Office located at 304 West Commercial Avenue in Monterey, Tennessee, as the “J.E. ‘Eddie’ Russell Post Office”.
- S.J.Res. 206 (101st): A joint resolution calling for the United States to encourage immediate negotiations toward a new agreement among Antarctic Treaty Consultative parties, for the full protection of Antarctica ...
- S. 2789 (101st): National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act
- S. 2287 (101st): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1991
- S. 459 (101st): An Act to amend title 35, United States Code, with respect to the use of inventions in outer space.
Does 29 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).
Gore sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Environmental Protection (26%) Government Operations and Politics (24%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) International Affairs (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Taxation (7%) Education (4%) Health (4%)
Some of Gore’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.J.Res. 338 (102nd): A joint resolution designating the week beginning October 24, 1992 as “World ...
- S. 2937 (102nd): Information Infrastructure and Technology Act of 1992
- S. 2813 (102nd): GPO Gateway to Government Act of 1992
- S. 2810 (102nd): Local Exchange Infrastructure Modernization Act of 1992
- S. 2806 (102nd): Environmental Justice Act of 1992
- S.J.Res. 308 (102nd): A joint resolution adopting certain principles on general rights and obligations with ...
- S. 2668 (102nd): Global Climate Protection Act
From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Gore missed 542 of 2,727 roll call votes, which is 19.9%. 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.
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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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