Sen. Arlen Specter

Former Senator from Pennsylvania

Elected Positions

Dates Title / State / District
1981-2010 Senator,
Pennsylvania

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Sponsorship Analysis

Specter was a rank-and-file Democrat according to GovTrack's own analysis of bill sponsorship from Specter’s time serving in the Senate. Specter’s bills had a total of 326 cosponsors in the 111th Congress.

Use this chart to compare Specter to other members of the Senate in the 111th Congress on leadership and ideology.

This chart is based on principal components analysis for ideology and PageRank for leadership. See analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2010, Specter missed 317 of 10,579 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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