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Sen. Blanche Lincoln

Former Senator for Arkansas

Lincoln was a senator from Arkansas and was a Democrat. She served from 1999 to 2010.

She was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D-AR, 1999-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lincoln is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 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 Lincoln sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lincoln was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Lincoln sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (23%) Health (13%) Social Welfare (13%) Commerce (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Education (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lincoln voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Lincoln voted Nay

Bill Passed 56/43 on Mar 25, 2010.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–152, 124 Stat. 1029) is a law that was enacted by the 111th United States ...

Lincoln voted Yea

Lincoln voted Nay

Lincoln voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2010, Lincoln missed 77 of 3,978 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. 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: