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Sen. John Sununu

Former Senator for New Hampshire

Sununu was a senator from New Hampshire and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1997 to 2002.

Photo of Sen. John Sununu [R-NH, 2003-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sununu is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 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 Sununu sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 11, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sununu was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Sununu sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Law (18%) Commerce (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Social Welfare (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sununu recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Sununu voted Nay

Veto Overridden 80/14 on Jun 18, 2008.

Sununu voted Nay

Sununu voted Nay

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Sununu voted Nay

Veto Overridden 79/14 on Nov 8, 2007.

Sununu voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 81/12 on Sep 24, 2007.

Sununu voted Nay

Sununu voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2008, Sununu missed 58 of 1,977 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2008. 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: