Sen. Arlen Specter

Former Senator from Pennsylvania, Democrat

Specter, a Democrat, was a senator from Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2010.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Specter is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Specter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (26%) Law (18%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) International Affairs (9%) Health (9%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2010, Specter missed 318 of 10,588 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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