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Sen. Edward Zorinsky

Former Senator for Nebraska

Zorinsky was a senator from Nebraska and was a Democrat. He served from 1976 to 1987.

Photo of Sen. Edward Zorinsky [D-NE, 1976-1987]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Zorinsky is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Zorinsky sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 26, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Zorinsky was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Zorinsky sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (35%) Environmental Protection (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Education (8%) Taxation (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Zorinsky recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Feb 1987, Zorinsky missed 112 of 4,607 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is better than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1987. 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: