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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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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%) 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

Key Votes

Bunning’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
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 as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN115: Tony West, of California, to be an Assistant Attorney General
Apr 20, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 82/4.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-9: Ronald Kirk, of Texas, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
Mar 18, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 92/5.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Nay On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

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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