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Sen. Gary Hart

Former Senator for Colorado

Hart was a senator from Colorado and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. Gary Hart [D-CO, 1975-1986]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hart is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Hart sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hart was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Hart sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Taxation (11%) Energy (11%) Education (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1986, Hart missed 668 of 5,889 roll call votes, which is 11.3%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. 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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Primary Sources

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