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)
Chiles was the primary sponsor of 29 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2215 (100th): Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act Amendments of 1988
- S. 90 (100th): Big Cypress National Preserve Addition Act
- S.J.Res. 64 (100th): A joint resolution to designate May, 1987, as “Older Americans Month”.
- S. 511 (99th): A bill to change the name of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
- S.J.Res. 407 (99th): A joint resolution designating November 12, 1986, as “Salute to School Volunteers Day”.
- S.J.Res. 354 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the week of October 5, 1986, through October 11, 1986, as “National Drug Abuse Education and Prevention Week”.
- S.J.Res. 335 (99th): A joint resolution to designate May 8, 1986, as “Naval Aviation Day”.
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).
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%)
Some of Chiles’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 499 (100th): A resolution commending Richard Brandon for his faithful and outstanding service to ...
- S. 2450 (100th): Business and Citizen School Volunteers of America Act of 1988
- S. 2434 (100th): A bill to designate Building #31, National Institutes of Health reservation, 9000 ...
- S. 2429 (100th): A bill to redesignate the National Fisheries Research Center in Gainesville, Florida, ...
- S.Con.Res. 118 (100th): A concurrent resolution to express the sense of the Congress regarding the ...
- S.Con.Res. 117 (100th): A concurrent resolution to express the sense of the Congress regarding relief ...
- S. 2340 (100th): A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to ...
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills