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Sen. Daniel Moynihan

Former Senator for New York

Moynihan was a senator from New York and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 2000.

Photo of Sen. Daniel Moynihan [D-NY, 1977-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moynihan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Moynihan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Moynihan was the primary sponsor of 87 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 87 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Moynihan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Commerce (14%) Social Welfare (11%) Law (10%) Health (10%) Taxation (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Moynihan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 2000, Moynihan missed 565 of 9,492 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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