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Sen. Charles Mathias Jr.

Former Senator from Maryland, Republican

Mathias, a Republican, was a senator from Maryland from 1969 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district (1961-1968).

Photo of Sen. Charles Mathias [R-MD, 1969-1986]


Our unique analysis of the bills Mathias sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1986. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Mathias is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Mathias was the primary sponsor of 52 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 about one third or more 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

Mathias sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (36%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Immigration (11%) International Affairs (9%) Commerce (8%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (5%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Oct 1986, Mathias missed 1,520 of 8,648 roll call votes, which is 17.6%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. 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: