Sen. James “Jim” Jeffords

Former Senator from Vermont, Independent

Jeffords, an Independent, was a senator from Vermont from 1989 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Vermont's at-large district (1975-1988; Republican).


Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Jeffords sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Jeffords is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Jeffords sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Environmental Protection (13%) Health (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Commerce (9%) Law (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1989 to Dec 2006, Jeffords missed 246 of 6,068 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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