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.
Kempthorne was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1316 (104th): Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996
- S. 1 (104th): Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
- S. 169 (104th): Unfunded Mandate Reform Act of 1995
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).
Kempthorne sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (16%) Law (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Environmental Protection (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Commerce (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%)
Some of Kempthorne’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2512 (105th): Natural Resources Institute Act of 1998
- S.Res. 201 (105th): A resolution to commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice made by ...
- S.Con.Res. 84 (105th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of ...
- S. 1181 (105th): Endangered Species Habitat Protection Act of 1997
- S. 1180 (105th): Endangered Species Recovery Act of 1997
- S. 901 (105th): Endangered Species Habitat Protection Act of 1997
- S. 730 (105th): A bill to make retroactive the entitlement of certain Medal of Honor ...
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 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills