Vice President Joseph Biden Jr.

Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate), Democrat

Biden, a Democrat, has been Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) since Jan 20, 2009 (next election in 2016).

He was previously a senator from Delaware (1973-2009).

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Biden is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Biden sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) International Affairs (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Jan 2009, Biden missed 1,781 of 14,556 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2009. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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