Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Elected Positions

Dates Title / State / District
1962-2009 Senator,

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Sponsorship Analysis

Kennedy was a moderate Democratic leader according to GovTrack's own analysis of bill sponsorship from Kennedy’s time serving in the Senate. Kennedy’s bills had a total of 315 cosponsors in the 111th Congress.

Use this chart to compare Kennedy to other members of the Senate in the 111th Congress on leadership and ideology.

This chart is based on principal components analysis for ideology and PageRank for leadership. See analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1963 to Aug 2009, Kennedy missed 2,687 of 17,879 roll call votes, which is 15.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 2009. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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Recent Legislative Activity