Garn is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Garn sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Garn was the primary sponsor of 37 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1182 (102nd): Fishlake National Forest Enlargement Act
- S.J.Res. 268 (102nd): A joint resolution designating May 1992, as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month”.
- S.J.Res. 118 (102nd): A joint resolution to recognize the Astronauts Memorial at the John F. Kennedy Space Center as the national memorial to astronauts who die in the line of ...
- S. 319 (101st): Salt Lake City Watershed Improvement Act of 1990
- S.J.Res. 302 (101st): A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Anne L. Armstrong as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- S. 2540 (101st): A bill to authorize the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, construct, and equip space in the East Court of the National Museum ...
- S.J.Res. 365 (100th): A joint resolution to designate January 28, 1989, as “National Challenger Center Day” to honor the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.
Does 37 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).
Garn sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Environmental Protection (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Water Resources Development (9%) Arts, Culture, Religion (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%) Private Legislation (5%)
Some of Garn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3332 (102nd): A bill to establish the San Rafael Swell National Trails and Recreation ...
- S. 3242 (102nd): A bill to relieve the regulatory burden on depository institutions and credit ...
- S. 2967 (102nd): Credit Availability and Regulatory Relief Act of 1992
- S. 2862 (102nd): Canyons of the Escalante National Conservation Act
- S.Res. 296 (102nd): A resolution to commend and congratulate the crew of the National Aeronautics ...
- S. 2577 (102nd): Utah Schools and Lands Improvement Act of 1992
- S.J.Res. 291 (102nd): A joint resolution to designate June 10, 1992, through June 16, 1992, ...
From Jan 1975 to Oct 1992, Garn missed 625 of 7,876 roll call votes, which is 7.9%. This is worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills