Pryor is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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 Pryor sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Pryor was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S.J.Res. 198 (103rd): A joint resolution designating 1995 as the “Year of the Grandparent”.
- S. 717 (103rd): Egg Research and Consumer Information Act Amendments of 1993
- S. 994 (103rd): Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Act of 1993
- S. 1130 (103rd): Federal Employees Leave Sharing Amendments Act of 1993
- S. 1511 (101st): Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
- S. 3033 (101st): A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to allow free mailing privileges to be extended to members of the Armed Forces while engaged in temporary ...
- S. 1793 (101st): A bill to make technical and correcting changes in agriculture programs.
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).
Pryor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Pryor’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 305 (104th): A resolution to designate Saturday, November 30, 1996, as “National Duck Calling ...
- S. 1912 (104th): A bill to clarify the provision of section 3626(b) of title 39, ...
- S. 1299 (104th): Bringing Opportunity to Our Small Business and Taxpayers (BOOST) Act
- S. 1191 (104th): Consumer Access to Prescription Drugs Act of 1995
- S. 1006 (104th): Pension Simplification Act of 1995
- S. 881 (104th): Church Retirement Benefits Simplification Act of 1995
- S. 771 (104th): A bill to provide that certain Federal property shall be made available ...
From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Pryor missed 578 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 8.2%. 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills