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)
Church was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1828 (96th): An Act to exempt the existing facilities of the Milner Dam from section 14 of the Federal Power Act, and for other purposes.
- S. 2271 (96th): An act to amend the Bretton Woods Agreements Act to authorize consent to an increase in the United States quota in the International Monetary Fund, and for ...
- S. 2009 (96th): Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1979
- S.J.Res. 89 (96th): A joint resolution permitting the supply of additional low enriched uranium fuel under international agreements for cooperation in the civil uses of nuclear energy, and for other ...
- S. 2666 (96th): A bill to authorize appropriations for the International Natural Rubber Agreement for fiscal year 1981.
- S. 662 (96th): A bill to provide for increased participation by the United States in the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Fund.
- S. 2581 (96th): Hostage Relief Act of 1980
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 about one third or more 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).
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%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Energy (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)
Some of Church’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 550 (96th): An original resolution to elect the Senator from the State of New ...
- S.Res. 543 (96th): An original resolution waiving section 402(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of ...
- S.Con.Res. 129 (96th): A concurrent resolution relating to the recent curtailment of Jewish emigration by ...
- S. 3149 (96th): A bill to provide for resolution of land title questions and assure ...
- S. 3143 (96th): A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain federal lands adjacent ...
- S.Res. 518 (96th): An original resolution waiving section 402 (a) of the Congressional Budget Act ...
- S. 3058 (96th): Foreign Service Act of 1980
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills