Read our 2016 Report Card for Kirk.
Kirk is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 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 Kirk sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Kirk was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1004 (114th): Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act
- S. 2806 (114th): Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
- S. 2291 (114th): VA Patient Protection Act of 2015
- S. 2183 (114th): Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015
- S. 819 (114th): Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015
- S. 575 (114th): HERO Act of 2015
- S. 316 (114th): Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
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).
Kirk sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) International Affairs (16%) Taxation (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Education (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)
Some of Kirk’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 618 (114th): A resolution commending and congratulating the Chicago Cubs on their 2016 World ...
- S.Res. 604 (114th): A resolution expressing support for the designation of November 2016 as “National ...
- S. 3461 (114th): Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment Credit Act
- S.Con.Res. 54 (114th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding United ...
- S. 3407 (114th): MISSION ZERO Act
- S. 3449 (114th): TAAR Act
- S. 3444 (114th): Education Support Professional Family Medical Leave Act
From Nov 2010 to Dec 2016, Kirk missed 349 of 1,693 roll call votes, which is 20.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. ProPublica has tracked 20 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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