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)
Jeffords was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 544 (109th): Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005
- S. 269 (108th): Captive Wildlife Safety Act
- S. 1 (107th): Better Education for Students and Teachers Act
- S. 1809 (106th): Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000
- S. 2311 (106th): Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 2000
- S. 3067 (106th): Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
- S. 2432 (105th): Assistive Technology Act of 1998
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).
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%)
Some of Jeffords’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3698 (109th): Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act
- S. 3689 (109th): National Historic Country Store Preservation and Revitalization Act of 2006
- S. 3654 (109th): Recycling Investment Saves Energy
- S. 3634 (109th): Spent Nuclear Fuel Control and Accounting Act of 2006
- S. 3591 (109th): High-Performance Green Buildings Act of 2006
- S. 2565 (109th): Vermont Wilderness Act of 2006
- S. 2054 (109th): A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a ...
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills