DeMint is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 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 DeMint sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
DeMint was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- S. 2650 (109th): A bill to designate the Federal courthouse to be constructed in Greenville, South Carolina, as the “Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Federal Courthouse”.
- H.R. 2952 (106th): To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Orchard Park Drive in Greenville, South Carolina, as the “Keith D. Oglesby Station”.
Does 2 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).
DeMint sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Taxation (14%) Health (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) International Affairs (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)
Some of DeMint’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3612 (112th): Commemorative Coins Reform Act of 2012
- S. 3551 (112th): A bill to require investigations into and a report on the September ...
- S. 3519 (112th): Pay for Printing Act
- S.J.Res. 42 (112th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United ...
- S. 2191 (112th): A bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to ...
- S. 2186 (112th): A bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to ...
- S. 2173 (112th): National Right-to-Work Act
From Jan 2005 to Jan 2013, DeMint missed 110 of 2,484 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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