Durkin is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Durkin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Durkin was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S.J.Res. 43 (96th): A joint resolution to proclaim March 21, 1980 “National Energy Education Day”.
- S. 214 (96th): A bill for the relief of Rocio Edmondson.
- S. 743 (95th): Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
Does 3 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).
Durkin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Durkin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3076 (96th): A bill to provide an exemption from the tax on failure to ...
- S. 2893 (96th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
- S. 2874 (96th): A bill to amend the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 to ...
- S. 2862 (96th): Building Energy Performance Standards Implementation Act of 1980
- S. 2828 (96th): Small Business Motor Fuel Market Preservation Act of 1980
- S. 2672 (96th): Community Energy Assistance Act
- S.Con.Res. 90 (96th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the Secretary ...
From Feb 1975 to Dec 1980, Durkin missed 371 of 3,124 roll call votes, which is 11.9%. This is on par with the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills