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Sen. Charles Mathias Jr.

Former Senator for Maryland

Mathias was a senator from Maryland and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1961 to 1968.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mathias is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Mathias sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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

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: