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Sen. Donald Riegle Jr.

Former Senator for Michigan

Riegle was a senator from Michigan and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 7th congressional district as most recently a Democrat (1975-1976) and previously a Republican (1967-1974) from 1967 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. Donald Riegle [D-MI, 1977-1994]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Riegle is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Riegle sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Riegle was the primary sponsor of 55 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 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

Riegle sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (21%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (19%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Health (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 1994, Riegle missed 369 of 7,289 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1994. 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: