Baker is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Baker sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 12, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Baker was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1140 (98th): A bill for the relief of Patrick P. W. Tso, Ph.D.
- S. 2776 (98th): A bill to continue the transition provisions of the Bankruptcy Act until June 27, 1984, and for other purposes.
- S. 2570 (98th): A bill to continue the transition provisions of the Bankruptcy Act until May 26, 1984, and for other purposes.
- S. 1365 (98th): A bill entitled the “Harry Porter Control Tower”.
- S. 2507 (98th): A bill to continue the transition provisions of the Bankruptcy Act until May 1, 1984, and for other purposes.
- S.J.Res. 250 (98th): A joint resolution declaring the week of May 7 through 13, 1984, as “National Photo Week”.
- S.J.Res. 170 (98th): A joint resolution commemorating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Does 16 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).
Baker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) International Affairs (22%) Private Legislation (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)
Some of Baker’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 488 (98th): A resolution commending the employees in the office of the Secretary of ...
- S.Res. 486 (98th): A resolution authorizing the President of the Senate, the President of the ...
- S.Con.Res. 155 (98th): A concurrent resolution providing for a sine die adjournment of the Congress.
- S.Res. 485 (98th): A resolution tendering the thanks of the Senate to the Vice President ...
- S. 3083 (98th): A bill to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of ...
- S.Res. 478 (98th): An Executive resolution expressing the sense of the Senate in support of ...
- S.Res. 475 (98th): A resolution to authorize the Senate Legal Council to represent the Judiciary ...
From Jan 1967 to Oct 1984, Baker missed 1,648 of 8,504 roll call votes, which is 19.4%. This is much worse than the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills