Bayh is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Bayh sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Bayh was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2441 (96th): Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Amendments of 1980
- S. 1179 (96th): A bill to incorporate the Gold Star Wives of America.
- S. 2597 (96th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1981
- S. 1790 (96th): Privacy Protection Act of 1980
- S. 2511 (96th): Civil Rights Commission Authorization Act of 1980
- S. 598 (96th): Soft Drink Interbrand Competition Act
- S.J.Res. 135 (96th): A joint resolution to provide for designation of the first Friday of March as “Teacher Day, United States of America”.
Does 21 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).
Bayh sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (34%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Commerce (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Law (7%)
Some of Bayh’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 517 (96th): An original resolution waiving section 303 (a) of the Congressional Budget Act ...
- S.Res. 513 (96th): A resolution authorizing supplemental expenditures by the Committee on the Judiciary for ...
- S. 3038 (96th): A bill to prohibit imports of canned beef from Argentina.
- S.Res. 495 (96th): A resolution to authorize the taking of depositions by the staff of ...
- S.Res. 490 (96th): A resolution to express the disapproval of the Senate regarding the agreement ...
- S. 2892 (96th): Patent Term Restoration Act of 1980
- S. 2831 (96th): A bill to amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the ...
From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Bayh missed 1,899 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills