Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D)

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Elected Positions:

Dates Title State / District
1962-2009 Senator Massachusetts
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Sponsorship Analysis

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

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

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Voting Record

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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