Our unique analysis of the bills Kennedy sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kennedy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Kennedy was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 389 (103rd): To designate the second Sunday in October of 1994 as “National Children’s Day”.
- H.R. 3616 (103rd): To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, Americans who have been prisoners ...
- H.R. 5453 (102nd): To designate the Central Square facility of the United States Postal Service in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the “Clifton Merriman Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3911 (101st): Attendant Allowance Adjustment Act
- H.R. 1199 (101st): Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Pay Act of 1990
- H.J.Res. 132 (101st): To designate the second Sunday in October of 1989 as “National Children’s Day”.
- H.J.Res. 513 (100th): A joint resolution to designate April 6, 1988, as “National Student-Athlete Day”.
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.
Kennedy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (21%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Health (11%) Law (11%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)
Some of Kennedy’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4848 (105th): Free Annual Credit Report Act of 1998
- H.R. 4686 (105th): Long-Term Care Patient Protection Act of 1998
- H.R. 3661 (105th): Persian Gulf War Veterans’ Health and Medical Research Act of 1998
- H.R. 3660 (105th): National Research Investment Act of 1998
- H.R. 3439 (105th): Credit Union Community Reinvestment Act
- H.R. 3060 (105th): Rent-To-Own Reform Act of 1997
- H.R. 2997 (105th): Fairness in the Workplace Commission Act
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From Jan 1987 to Dec 1998, Kennedy missed 263 of 6,424 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills