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Sen. Howard Cannon

Former Senator for Nevada

Cannon, a Democrat, was a senator from Nevada from 1959 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Howard Cannon [D-NV, 1959-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cannon 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 Cannon sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cannon was the primary sponsor of 60 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Cannon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (23%) Economics and Public Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Environmental Protection (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Dec 1982, Cannon missed 1,438 of 9,723 roll call votes, which is 14.8%. This is much worse 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: