President Barack Obama

President of the United States, Democrat

Obama, a Democrat, has been President of the United States since Jan 20, 2009 (next election in 2016).

He was previously a senator from Illinois (2005-2008).

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Obama is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Obama sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (25%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Law (12%) Commerce (10%) Health (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Education (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1,300 roll call votes, which is 24.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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