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Sen. David Karnes

Former Senator for Nebraska

Karnes was a senator from Nebraska and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 1988.

Photo of Sen. David Karnes [R-NE, 1987-1988]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Karnes is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Karnes sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 26, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Karnes was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Karnes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (21%) Environmental Protection (21%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Labor and Employment (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Agriculture and Food (14%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1987 to Oct 1988, Karnes missed 131 of 769 roll call votes, which is 17.0%. This is much worse than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. 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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Primary Sources

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