Obama was President of the United States and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2017.
He was previously a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 2005 to 2008.
Obama is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Obama sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 11, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Obama was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- S. 906 (110th): Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008
- S. 1513 (110th): Predominantly Black Institution Act of 2007
- S. 2125 (109th): Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006
- S. 3757 (109th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, as the “Katherine Dunham Post ...
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Obama sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Obama’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3506 (110th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase ...
- S.Con.Res. 96 (110th): A concurrent resolution commemorating Irena Sendler, a woman whose bravery saved the ...
- S. 3358 (110th): Improving Food-borne Illness Surveillance and Response Act of 2008
- S.Res. 628 (110th): A resolution expressing support for the designation of Disability Pride Day and ...
- S.Res. 600 (110th): A resolution commemorating the 44th anniversary of the deaths of civil rights ...
- S. 3142 (110th): Preventing Stillbirth and SUID Act of 2008
- S. 3077 (110th): Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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