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President Barack Obama

Former President of the United States, Democrat

Obama, a Democrat, was President of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

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

Photo of President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]

Analysis

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)

Enacted Legislation

Obama was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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

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

Key Votes

Obama’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 6304 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008
Jul 9, 2008. Bill Passed 69/28.
The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (also called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, H.R. 6304, enacted 2008-07-10) is an Act of Congress that amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It has been used as the legal basis for mass ...
Not Voting H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
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 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

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