Buckley 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Buckley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Buckley was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Buckley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (17%) Law (15%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%)
Some of Buckley’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3784 (94th): Economic Recovery and Sustained Growth Act
- S. 3785 (94th): A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain ...
- S.Res. 520 (94th): A resolution concerning the situation in Northern Ireland.
- S. 3761 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
- S. 3760 (94th): A bill to grant certain nationals of Italy and the spouses, children, ...
- S. 3756 (94th): A bill to grant a Federal charter to the International Veteran Boxers ...
- S.Res. 511 (94th): A resolution relating to the Romanian Trade Agreement.
From Feb 1971 to Oct 1976, Buckley missed 837 of 3,404 roll call votes, which is 24.6%. This is much worse than 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