Sen. Gaylord Nelson

Former Senator from Wisconsin

Elected Positions

Dates Title / State / District
1963-1980 Senator,
Wisconsin

See Also: Bioguide

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Sponsorship Analysis

Nelson was a moderate Democratic leader according to GovTrack's own analysis of bill sponsorship from Nelson’s time serving in the Senate. Nelson’s bills had a total of 551 cosponsors in the 96th Congress.

Use this chart to compare Nelson to other members of the Senate in the 96th Congress on leadership and ideology.

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Bills Sponsored

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Voting Record

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Nelson missed 539 of 7,802 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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