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Sen. Edward Gurney

Former Senator for Florida

Gurney was a senator from Florida and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1974.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1967 to 1968; and the representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district as a Republican from 1963 to 1966.

Photo of Sen. Edward Gurney [R-FL, 1969-1974]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gurney is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1974 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 Gurney sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gurney was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gurney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (25%) Private Legislation (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Social Welfare (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Water Resources Development (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gurney recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1974, Gurney missed 293 of 2,759 roll call votes, which is 10.6%. This is better than the median of 13.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1974. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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