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Sen. John Chafee

Former Senator from Rhode Island, Republican

Chafee, a Republican, was a senator from Rhode Island from 1976 to 1999.

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


Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2000. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Chafee is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

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Primary Sources

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