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Sen. Claiborne Pell

Former Senator from Rhode Island, Democrat

Pell, a Democrat, was a senator from Rhode Island from 1961 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. Claiborne Pell [D-RI, 1961-1996]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Pell is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Pell was the primary sponsor of 60 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

Pell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (28%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (15%) Education (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Labor and Employment (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1961 to Oct 1996, Pell missed 1,201 of 14,333 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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: