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Sen. Alfonse D’Amato

Former Senator from New York, Republican

D’Amato, a Republican, was a senator from New York from 1981 to 1998.

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


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). D’Amato is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

D’Amato was the primary sponsor of 54 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

D’Amato sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (17%) Law (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (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.

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Primary Sources

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