Sen. Lawton Chiles Jr.

Former Senator from Florida, Democrat

Chiles, a Democrat, was a senator from Florida from 1971 to 1988.


Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1988. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Chiles is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Chiles sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) International Affairs (12%) Health (11%) Immigration (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1988, Chiles missed 769 of 8,781 roll call votes, which is 8.8%. This is worse than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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