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Sen. Harrison Schmitt

Former Senator from New Mexico, Republican

Schmitt, a Republican, was a senator from New Mexico from 1977 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Harrison Schmitt [R-NM, 1977-1982]


Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Schmitt sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Schmitt is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Schmitt was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were 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 about one third or more 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

Schmitt sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (15%) Taxation (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) International Affairs (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 1982, Schmitt missed 241 of 3,176 roll call votes, which is 7.6%. This is on par with the median of 7.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1982. 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: