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Sen. John Glenn Jr.

Former Senator for Ohio

Glenn was a senator from Ohio and was a Democrat. He served from 1974 to 1998.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1989, Sen. Glenn was accused of improperly intervening with federal banking regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, Jr. and his savings and loan business. In 1991, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics published a report in which charges were dismissed.

Nov. 20, 1991 Senate Select Committee on Ethics published a report in which charges were dismissed (Senate Select Comm. on Ethics, Investigation of Sen. Alan Cranston, S. Rep. 102-223, 102d Cong., 1st Sess. (1991))
Photo of Sen. John Glenn [D-OH, 1974-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Glenn is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1998 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 Glenn sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Oct 21, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Glenn was the primary sponsor of 29 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 29 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

Glenn sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Law (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Commerce (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1998, Glenn missed 729 of 10,131 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is much worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. 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: