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Sen. Ken Salazar

Former Senator from Colorado, Democrat

Salazar, a Democrat, was a senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009.

Photo of Sen. Ken Salazar [D-CO, 2005-2009]


Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Salazar is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Salazar was the primary sponsor of 10 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 about one third or more 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

Salazar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Environmental Protection (12%) Energy (11%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Water Resources Development (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Salazar’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
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 2005 to Jan 2009, Salazar missed 12 of 1,307 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better 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

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