Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy

Former Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat

Kennedy, a Democrat, was a senator from Massachusetts from 1962 to 2009.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kennedy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kennedy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Health (13%) Labor and Employment (12%) Law (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Education (9%) Families (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Aug 2009, Kennedy missed 2,831 of 18,069 roll call votes, which is 15.7%. This is much 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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