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Sen. Lee Metcalf

Former Senator for Montana

Metcalf was a senator from Montana and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Montana’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1953 to 1960.

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


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 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 from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. 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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Does 9 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

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Metcalf recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

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: