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Sen. Mark Begich

Former Senator for Alaska

Begich was a senator from Alaska and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2014.

Photo of Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Begich.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Begich is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 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 Begich sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 12, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Begich was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Begich sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Health (13%) Taxation (11%) Energy (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Education (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Begich voted Yea

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Begich voted Yea

Begich voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Begich voted Yea

Begich voted Nay

Bill Passed 86/12 on Feb 15, 2011.

Begich voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Dec 2014, Begich missed 80 of 1,839 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. 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: