Read our 2014 Report Card for Rockefeller.
Rockefeller is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 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 Rockefeller sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 12, 2014. See full analysis methodology.
Rockefeller was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1353 (113th): Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014
- S. 2338 (113th): United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization Act
- S. 307 (112th): A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 217 West King Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia, as the “W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building ...
- S. 253 (112th): A bill to establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I, and to designate memorials to the service of men ...
- S. 3386 (111th): Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act
- S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
- S. 3186 (111th): Satellite Television Extension Act of 2010
Does 28 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).
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%)
Some of Rockefeller’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2880 (113th): I Teach Act of 2014
- S. 2799 (113th): Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act
- S. 2777 (113th): Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014
- S. 2757 (113th): America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014
- S. 2559 (113th): Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2014
- S. 2461 (113th): CHIP Extension Act of 2014
- S. 2418 (113th): Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act of 2014
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.
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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills