Aiken is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1974 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 Aiken sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Aiken was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
Does 2 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).
Aiken sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Aiken’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 418 (93rd): Resolution relating to price support for milk.
- S. 4005 (93rd): A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 in ...
- S. 3668 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Sheila J. Phelps.
- S. 3578 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Anita Tomasi.
- S. 3433 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- S.Res. 200 (93rd): A resolution relating to the national security of the United States.
- S.J.Res. 168 (93rd): A joint resolution to authorize the period from February 10, 1974, through ...
From Mar 1941 to Dec 1974, Aiken missed 599 of 7,702 roll call votes, which is 7.8%. This is better than the median of 13.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1974. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills