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Sen. David Durenberger

Former Senator for Minnesota

Durenberger was a senator from Minnesota and was a Republican. He served from 1978 to 1994.


Durenberger faced an allegation of a wide range of financial misconduct. On Jul. 25, 1990, the Senate voted to denounce him 96-0, which appears to have been intended as a type of censure which acknowledges no ill intent.

Jul. 25, 1990 Senate voted 96-0 to denounce, which appears to have been intended as a type of censure which acknowledges no ill intent.
Photo of Sen. David Durenberger [R-MN, 1978-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Durenberger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Durenberger sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 25, 1989 to Dec 1, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Durenberger was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 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

Durenberger sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (22%) Health (21%) Taxation (18%) Education (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Environmental Protection (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Durenberger recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Dec 1994, Durenberger missed 424 of 6,133 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1994. 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: