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Sen. Dirk Kempthorne

Former Senator for Idaho

Kempthorne was a senator from Idaho and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 1998.

Photo of Sen. Dirk Kempthorne [R-ID, 1993-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kempthorne is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1998 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 Kempthorne sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Oct 21, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kempthorne was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Kempthorne sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Law (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Environmental Protection (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Commerce (9%) Animals (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kempthorne recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1993 to Oct 1998, Kempthorne missed 16 of 2,255 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. 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: