Sen. Harry Byrd Jr.

Former Senator from Virginia, Independent

Byrd, an Independent, was a senator from Virginia from 1965 to 1982.



Our unique analysis of the bills Byrd 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). Byrd is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Byrd sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (35%) Taxation (23%) International Affairs (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Arts, Culture, Religion (8%) Energy (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1966 to Dec 1982, Byrd missed 368 of 8,080 roll call votes, which is 4.6%. This is better than 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

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