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President Gerald Ford Jr.

Former President of the United States

Ford was President of the United States and was a Republican. He served from 1974 to 1977.

He was previously Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) as a Republican from 1973 to 1974; and the representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1949 to 1974.

Photo of President Gerald Ford [R, 1974-1977]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives 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 Ford sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ford was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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

Ford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (38%) Armed Forces and National Security (38%) Social Welfare (25%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Dec 1974, Ford missed 286 of 4,028 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. This is better than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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: