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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Hagel

Former Senator for Nebraska

Hagel was a senator from Nebraska and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2008.

Photo of Sen. Charles “Chuck” Hagel [R-NE, 1997-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hagel is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 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 Hagel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 11, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hagel was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Hagel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Education (11%) Law (9%) Health (9%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hagel recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Hagel voted Nay

Veto Overridden 80/14 on Jun 18, 2008.

Hagel voted Nay

Hagel voted Nay

Veto Overridden 82/13 on May 22, 2008.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Hagel voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 51/45 on Feb 13, 2008.

Hagel voted Nay

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Hagel voted Nay

Hagel voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2008, Hagel missed 99 of 3,894 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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