Sen. Dale Bumpers

Former Senator from Arkansas, Democrat

Bumpers, a Democrat, was a senator from Arkansas from 1975 to 1998.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bumpers is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Bumpers was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bumpers sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Commerce (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Law (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Environmental Protection (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1998, Bumpers missed 708 of 10,131 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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