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Sen. Jim Bunning

Former Senator for Kentucky

Bunning was a senator from Kentucky and was a Republican. He served from 1999 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1998.

Photo of Sen. Jim Bunning [R-KY, 1999-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bunning is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 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 Bunning sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bunning was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

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%) Energy (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Commerce (8%) Law (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bunning recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Bunning voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Bunning voted Nay

Bunning voted Nay

Bunning voted Nay

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.

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: