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Sen. Kent Conrad

Former Senator for North Dakota

Conrad was a senator from North Dakota and was a Democrat. He served from 1992 to 2012.

He was previously a senator from North Dakota as a Democrat from 1987 to 1992.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Conrad was investigated for receiving mortgages from Countrywide Financial in violation of Senate gift rules. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismssed the charges because the loans were not part of a program specifically benefiting senators. In 2012, Conrad did not run for reelection.

Aug. 7, 2009 Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismssed the charges because the loans were not part of a program specifically benefiting senators
2012 Conrad did not run for reelection.
Photo of Sen. Kent Conrad [D-ND, 1992-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Conrad 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 Conrad sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Conrad was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Conrad sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (20%) Health (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Energy (8%) Immigration (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Conrad voted Nay

Bill Passed 73/26 on Mar 22, 2012.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is a law intended to encourage funding of small businesses in the United States by easing ...

Conrad voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Conrad voted Yea

Conrad voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 ...

Conrad voted Nay

Conrad voted Nay

Conrad voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2013, Conrad missed 115 of 8,706 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. 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: