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Sen. Edmund Muskie

Former Senator for Maine

Muskie was a senator from Maine and was a Democrat. He served from 1959 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. Edmund Muskie [D-ME, 1959-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Muskie is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Muskie sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

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...

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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.

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Primary Sources

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