Scott was a senator from Pennsylvania and was a Republican. He served from 1959 to 1976.
He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1947 to 1958; and the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 1941 to 1944.
Scott is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 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 Scott sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Scott was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3441 (94th): An Act to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to perform certain work on and maintain the historical sections of the Congressional Cemetery and to study and ...
- S. 2945 (94th): An Act to amend the act of October 15, 1966 (80 Stat. 953; 20 U.S.C. 65a), relating to the National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, so as ...
- S.J.Res. 168 (94th): A joint resolution to provide for the reappointment of James E. Webb as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- S. 1657 (94th): A bill to amend the National Portrait Gallery Act to redefine “portraiture.”
- S. 907 (94th): A bill to authorize the Smithsonian Institution to plan museum support facilities.
- S. 2288 (94th): Civil Rights Commission Authorization Act
- S.J.Res. 42 (94th): A joint resolution to provide for the reappointment of Dr. John Nicholas Brown as citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Does 15 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).
Scott sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (38%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Arts, Culture, Religion (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) International Affairs (8%) Taxation (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Energy (6%)
Some of Scott’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 581 (94th): A resolution giving thanks of the Senate to the Vice President.
- S.J.Res. 212 (94th): A joint resolution designating the third week of September of 1977 as ...
- S. 3744 (94th): Bridge Safety Act
- S. 3743 (94th): A bill to amend section 3102 of title 38, United States Code, ...
- S. 3704 (94th): A bill to impose quantitative limitations on the importation of mushrooms into ...
- S. 3587 (94th): A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to ...
- S. 3562 (94th): A bill to amend the Tariff Schedules of the United States to ...
From Jan 1959 to Oct 1976, Scott missed 813 of 6,547 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is on par with the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. 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