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Sen. Don Nickles

Former Senator for Oklahoma

Nickles, a Republican, was a senator from Oklahoma from 1981 to 2004.

Photo of Sen. Don Nickles [R-OK, 1981-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Nickles is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Nickles sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Nickles was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Nickles sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (20%) Taxation (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (12%) Law (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Health (9%) Immigration (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2004, Nickles missed 124 of 8,590 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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