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Sen. Lowell Weicker Jr.

Former Senator for Connecticut

Weicker was a senator from Connecticut and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Connecticut’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1969 to 1970.

Photo of Sen. Lowell Weicker [R-CT, 1971-1988]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Weicker is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Weicker sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Weicker was the primary sponsor of 20 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 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

Weicker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Commerce (15%) Health (15%) Education (11%) Labor and Employment (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1988, Weicker missed 1,092 of 8,781 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is much 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: