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Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Former Senator for New Jersey

Lautenberg was a senator from New Jersey and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2013.

He was previously a senator from New Jersey as a Democrat from 1982 to 2000.

Photo of Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ, 2003-2013]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lautenberg is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 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 Lautenberg sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 12, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lautenberg was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 42 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

Lautenberg sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (23%) Environmental Protection (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Health (13%) Education (11%) Taxation (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lautenberg recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Lautenberg voted Nay

Lautenberg voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Lautenberg voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 74/26 on Aug 2, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th …

Lautenberg voted Yea

Lautenberg voted Nay

Bill Passed 86/12 on Feb 15, 2011.

Lautenberg voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Lautenberg voted Nay

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Lautenberg voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Feb 1983 to May 2013, Lautenberg missed 359 of 9,614 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 2013. 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: