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Sen. Barry Goldwater

Former Senator for Arizona

Goldwater was a senator from Arizona and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1986.

He was previously a senator from Arizona as a Republican from 1953 to 1964.

Photo of Sen. Barry Goldwater [R-AZ, 1969-1986]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goldwater is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Goldwater sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Goldwater was the primary sponsor of 38 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

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%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) International Affairs (9%) Native Americans (6%) Health (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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

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