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Sen. Harry Byrd Jr.

Former Senator for Virginia

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

Photo of Sen. Harry Byrd [I-VA, 1965-1982]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Byrd is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1982 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 Byrd sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Byrd was the primary sponsor of 3 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

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

Missed Votes

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

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