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Sen. Lawton Chiles Jr.

Former Senator from Florida, Democrat

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

Photo of Sen. Lawton Chiles [D-FL, 1971-1988]


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)

Enacted Legislation

Chiles was the primary sponsor of 29 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

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

Missed Votes

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

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