Our unique analysis of the bills Percy sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Percy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Percy was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2583 (98th): A bill to authorize United States participation in the “Office International de la Vigne et du Vin” (the International Office of the Vine and Wine).
- S. 746 (98th): Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984
- S.J.Res. 111 (98th): A joint resolution expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to international efforts to further a revolution in child health.
- S. 376 (98th): A bill to amend the Debt Collection Act of 1982 to eliminate the requirement that contracts for collection services to recover indebtedness owed the United States be ...
- S. 639 (98th): Lebanon Emergency Assistance Act of 1983
- S. 2611 (97th): A bill to amend the Peace Corps Act.
- S. 1193 (97th): An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 1982 and 1983 for the Department of State, the International Communications Agency, and the Board for International Broadcasting, ...
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Percy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (28%) Economics and Public Finance (22%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Education (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (4%)
Some of Percy’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 479 (98th): A resolution to express the sense of the Senate that the President ...
- S. 3069 (98th): International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1984
- S. 3044 (98th): Department of Defense False Claims Act of 1984
- S. 3037 (98th): 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism
- S. 3000 (98th): A bill to authorize the provision of foreign assistance for agricultural activities ...
- S. 2988 (98th): A bill to amend the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of ...
- S. 2939 (98th): A bill to provide for an additional bankruptcy judgeship for the Central ...
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From Jan 1967 to Oct 1984, Percy missed 1,459 of 8,504 roll call votes, which is 17.2%. This is much worse than the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills