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Sen. Bob Graham

Former Senator for Florida

Graham was a senator from Florida and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 2004.

Photo of Sen. Bob Graham [D-FL, 1987-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Graham 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Graham sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 8, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Graham was the primary sponsor of 32 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 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

Graham sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Law (13%) Commerce (12%) Health (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Families (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2004, Graham missed 201 of 6,222 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is 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.

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Primary Sources

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