Sen. Edmund Muskie

Former Senator from Maine, Democrat

Muskie, a Democrat, was a senator from Maine from 1959 to 1980.



Our unique analysis of the bills Muskie sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Muskie is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Muskie was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

View All »

We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Muskie sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (34%) Government Operations and Politics (27%) Environmental Protection (18%) Taxation (5%) Social Welfare (4%) Private Legislation (4%) Labor and Employment (4%)

Recent Bills

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

View All » (including bills from previous years)

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to May 1980, Muskie missed 1,451 of 8,317 roll call votes, which is 17.4%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

Show the numbers...

Primary Sources

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