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Sen. James Buckley

Former Senator for New York

Buckley was a senator from New York and was a Conservative. He served from 1971 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. James Buckley [C-NY, 1971-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Buckley was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Buckley recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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, 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: