Sen. Jim Bunning

Former Senator from Kentucky, Republican

Bunning, a Republican, was a senator from Kentucky from 1999 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district (1987-1998).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bunning is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bunning sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (34%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Energy (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2010, Bunning missed 146 of 3,978 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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