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Sen. Joseph Lieberman

Former Senator for Connecticut

Lieberman was a senator from Connecticut and was most recently an Independent (2007-2012) and previously a Democrat (1989-2006). He served from 1989 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I-CT, 1989-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lieberman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Lieberman sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lieberman was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Lieberman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (31%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Emergency Management (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Education (7%) International Affairs (7%) Health (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lieberman’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay S. 1619 (112th): Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011
Oct 11, 2011. Bill Passed 63/35.
Yea S.Res. 8 (112th): A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with ...
Jan 27, 2011. Resolution Rejected 12/84.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
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. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Nay H.R. 1591 (110th): U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007
Apr 26, 2007. Conference Report Agreed to 51/46.
Nay S. 30 (110th): HOPE Act
Apr 11, 2007. Bill Passed 70/28.
Nay H.R. 1591 (110th): U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007
Mar 29, 2007. Bill Passed 51/47.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Jan 2013, Lieberman missed 485 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: