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Sen. John Melcher

Former Senator for Montana

Melcher was a senator from Montana and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Montana’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1969 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. John Melcher [D-MT, 1977-1988]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Melcher is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Melcher sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Melcher was the primary sponsor of 37 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 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

Melcher sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Native Americans (19%) Agriculture and Food (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Social Welfare (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Taxation (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Oct 1988, Melcher missed 365 of 5,377 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is on par with the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. 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: