Sen. Frank Church

Former Senator from Idaho, Democrat

Church, a Democrat, was a senator from Idaho from 1957 to 1980.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Church is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Church was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Church sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Social Welfare (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Energy (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1957 to Dec 1980, Church missed 1,852 of 9,064 roll call votes, which is 20.4%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: