Sen. John Melcher

Former Senator from Montana, Democrat

Melcher, a Democrat, was a senator from Montana from 1977 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Montana's 2nd congressional district (1969-1976).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1988. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Melcher is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Melcher was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

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