Sen. Barry Goldwater [R]

Former Senator from Arizona

Elected Positions:

Dates Title State / District
1969-1986 Senator Arizona
1953-1964 Senator Arizona

Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1986. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Goldwater is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Goldwater sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Arts, Culture, Religion (12%) International Affairs (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Native Americans (6%) Health (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1953 to Oct 1986, Goldwater missed 3,598 of 10,827 roll call votes, which is 33.2%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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