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Sen. Charles Percy

Former Senator for Illinois

Percy was a senator from Illinois and was a Republican. He served from 1967 to 1984.

Photo of Sen. Charles Percy [R-IL, 1967-1984]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Percy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Percy sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Percy was the primary sponsor of 21 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

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%) Labor and Employment (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: