Sen. Ben Nelson

Former Senator from Nebraska, Democrat

Nelson, a Democrat, was a senator from Nebraska from 2001 to 2012.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Nelson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Nelson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (38%) Health (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Taxation (8%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Housing and Community Development (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Jan 2013, Nelson missed 40 of 3,792 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. 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: