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Sen. Ben Campbell

Former Senator for Colorado

Campbell was a senator from Colorado and was most recently a Republican (1995-2004) and previously a Democrat (1993-1995). He served from 1993 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1987 to 1992.

Photo of Sen. Ben Campbell [R-CO, 1993-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Campbell is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 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 Campbell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 8, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Campbell was the primary sponsor of 50 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 50 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Campbell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Native Americans (13%) Law (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Campbell recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1993 to Dec 2004, Campbell missed 165 of 4,235 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. 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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Primary Sources

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