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Sen. Mark Hatfield

Former Senator for Oregon

Hatfield was a senator from Oregon and was a Republican. He served from 1967 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. Mark Hatfield [R-OR, 1967-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hatfield is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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 Hatfield sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hatfield was the primary sponsor of 48 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 48 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

Hatfield sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Education (14%) Health (12%) Environmental Protection (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Commerce (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hatfield recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Oct 1996, Hatfield missed 1,659 of 12,874 roll call votes, which is 12.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: