Sen. George Mitchell
Former Senator for Maine
Mitchell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Mitchell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 25, 1989 to Dec 1, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Mitchell was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S.J.Res. 229 (103rd): A joint resolution regarding United States policy toward Haiti.
- S. 2534 (103rd): Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994
- S. 2467 (103rd): Uruguay Round Agreements Act
- S. 1857 (103rd): A bill to authorize appropriations to assist in carrying out the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for fiscal year 1995 through fiscal year 2000, and for other …
- S.J.Res. 156 (103rd): A joint resolution to express appreciation to W. Graham Clayton, Jr., for a lifetime of dedicated and inspired service to the Nation.
- S. 1717 (103rd): John F. Kennedy Center Act Amendments of 1993
- S. 1627 (103rd): North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Does 32 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).
Mitchell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Mitchell recently introduced the following legislation:
- S.Res. 291 (103rd): A resolution tendering the thanks of the Senate to the Vice President …
- S.Res. 290 (103rd): A resolution appointing a committee to notify the President concerning the proposed …
- S.Res. 294 (103rd): A resolution to commend the exemplary leadership of the Republican Leader.
- S.Res. 292 (103rd): A resolution tendering the thanks of the Senate to the President pro …
- S.Res. 280 (103rd): A resolution extending the provisions of Senate Resolution 149 of the One …
- S.Res. 282 (103rd): A resolution to direct the Senate Legal Counsel to represent the Office …
- S.Res. 281 (103rd): A resolution to authorize testimony by an employee of the Senate and …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From May 1980 to Dec 1994, Mitchell missed 42 of 5,477 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1994. 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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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