Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV

Former Senator from West Virginia, Democrat

Rockefeller, a Democrat, was a senator from West Virginia from 1985 to 2014.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Rockefeller is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2014 Statistics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Rockefeller for more statistics.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rockefeller sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Taxation (18%) Health (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Commerce (7%) Energy (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2014, Rockefeller missed 564 of 10,103 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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