Brown is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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 Brown sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Brown was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 342 (104th): Cache La Poudre River Corridor Act
- S. 1644 (104th): A bill to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (most-favored-nation) to the products of Romania.
- S. 1292 (104th): A bill to designate the United States Post Office building located at 201 East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the “Winfield Scott Stratton Post ...
- S. 2201 (102nd): Soviet Scientists Immigration Act of 1992
- H.R. 2961 (101st): For the relief of Sonanong Poonpipat (Latch).
- H.J.Res. 68 (101st): Designating May 1989 as “National Stroke Awareness Month”.
- H.R. 3787 (98th): An act to amend the National Trails System Act by adding the California Trail to the study list, and for other purposes.
Does 7 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).
Brown sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (15%) Law (12%) International Affairs (11%) Environmental Protection (9%) Commerce (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)
Some of Brown’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Con.Res. 74 (104th): A concurrent resolution to provide for a change in the enrollment of ...
- S. 2187 (104th): Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act of 1996
- S.Res. 303 (104th): A resolution commending the Governments of Hungary and Romania on the occasion ...
- S.Res. 291 (104th): A resolution to designate November 18, 1996, as “American Free Enterprise Day.”
- S. 1990 (104th): Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act of 1996
- S. 1967 (104th): A bill to provide that members of the Armed Forces who performed ...
- S. 1934 (104th): A bill to provide for an exchange of lands with the city ...
From Jan 1991 to Oct 1996, Brown missed 12 of 2,193 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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