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Sen. John Chafee

Former Senator for Rhode Island

Chafee was a senator from Rhode Island and was a Republican. He served from 1976 to 1999.

Photo of Sen. John Chafee [R-RI, 1976-1999]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Chafee is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 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 Chafee sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Chafee was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 31 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

Chafee sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Commerce (16%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Environmental Protection (14%) Law (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Health (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Chafee recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Oct 1999, Chafee missed 375 of 9,160 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1999. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: