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Sen. Henry Bellmon

Former Senator for Oklahoma

Bellmon was a senator from Oklahoma and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. Henry Bellmon [R-OK, 1969-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bellmon is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bellmon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bellmon was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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

Bellmon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Agriculture and Food (18%) Taxation (15%) Education (12%) Health (12%) Water Resources Development (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Native Americans (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Bellmon missed 1,085 of 6,280 roll call votes, which is 17.3%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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