Bond is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 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 Bond sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Bond was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2150 (110th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4320 Blue Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “Wallace S. Hartsfield Post ...
- S. 247 (110th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 555 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the “Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. United States Courthouse”.
- S. 2735 (109th): Dam Safety Act of 2006
- S. 586 (109th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the proper tax treatment of certain disaster mitigation payments.
- S. 1134 (108th): Economic Development Administration Reauthorization Act of 2004
- S. 1814 (108th): A bill to transfer federal lands between the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior.
- S. 1167 (108th): A bill to resolve the boundary conflicts in Barry and Stone Counties in the State of Missouri.
Does 24 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).
Bond sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (25%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) International Affairs (9%) Health (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Labor and Employment (7%)
Some of Bond’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3538 (111th): National Cyber Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010
- S.Res. 534 (111th): A resolution expressing support for designation of May 1, 2010, as “Silver ...
- S. 3170 (111th): SAVE Act
- S. 2572 (111th): A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on 4,4’-Dithiodimorpholine.
- S. 2576 (111th): A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on Diethyl oxalate.
- S. 2571 (111th): A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on Tetramethylthiuram Disulfide.
- S. 2575 (111th): A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on Ethyl 3-amino-4,4,-trifluorocrotonate.
From Jan 1987 to Dec 2010, Bond missed 304 of 8,220 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills