Curtis is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 Curtis sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Curtis was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- S. 409 (95th): A bill to designate the Meat Animal Research Center located near Clay Center, Nebr., as the Roman L. Hruska Meat Animal Research Center.
Does 1 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).
Curtis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (27%) Taxation (17%) Private Legislation (16%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) International Affairs (6%) Water Resources Development (6%) Labor and Employment (5%)
Some of Curtis’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3534 (95th): A Bill for the relief of Teodoro A. Ando.
- S. 3355 (95th): A bill to provide for an advisory referendum with respect to a ...
- S. 3332 (95th): A bill to permit the importation of a leopard skin.
- S. 3287 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
- S. 3088 (95th): A bill to remove certain criminal penalties imposed as a result of ...
- S. 3089 (95th): A bill to provide that certain criminal penalties imposed as a result ...
- S. 3071 (95th): A bill to amend title 39 of the United States Code to ...
From Jan 1955 to Oct 1978, Curtis missed 1,042 of 8,227 roll call votes, which is 12.7%. This is on par with the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. 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