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Sen. Lee Metcalf

Former Senator for Montana

Metcalf, a Democrat, was a senator from Montana from 1961 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Montana's 1st congressional district (1953-1960).

Photo of Sen. Lee Metcalf [D-MT, 1961-1978]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Metcalf is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 Metcalf sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Metcalf was the primary sponsor of 9 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

Metcalf sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (33%) Government Operations and Politics (24%) Private Legislation (11%) Energy (9%) Taxation (7%) Native Americans (7%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Environmental Protection (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1961 to Feb 1978, Metcalf missed 1,440 of 6,762 roll call votes, which is 21.3%. This is much worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1978. 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: