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Sen. George Mitchell

Former Senator for Maine

Mitchell was a senator from Maine and was a Democrat. He served from 1980 to 1994.

Photo of Sen. George Mitchell [D-ME, 1980-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mitchell was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Mitchell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (15%) Environmental Protection (13%) International Affairs (13%) Health (9%) Law (8%) Taxation (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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