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Sen. Alfonse D’Amato

Former Senator for New York

D’Amato was a senator from New York and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1998.

Photo of Sen. Alfonse D’Amato [R-NY, 1981-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

D’Amato is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1998 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 D’Amato sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Oct 21, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

D’Amato was the primary sponsor of 54 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 54 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

D’Amato sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Law (13%) International Affairs (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of D’Amato’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1998, D’Amato missed 184 of 6,610 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. 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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Primary Sources

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