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Sen. Henry Heinz

Former Senator for Pennsylvania

Heinz was a senator from Pennsylvania and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 1991.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district as a Republican from 1971 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. Henry Heinz [R-PA, 1977-1991]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Heinz is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 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 Heinz sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Heinz was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 36 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

Heinz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (41%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Environmental Protection (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Heinz recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Mar 1991, Heinz missed 416 of 6,056 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1991. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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