Sen. Arlen Specter

Former Senator from Pennsylvania, Democrat

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

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Analysis

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)

Enacted Legislation

Specter was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

Key Votes

Specter’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010, also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act), was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Yea S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
Nay On the Nomination PN1560: Helene N. White, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit
Jun 24, 2008. Nomination Confirmed 63/32.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

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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