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Sen. Mark Pryor

Former Senator for Arkansas

Pryor was a senator from Arkansas and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2014.

Photo of Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Pryor.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pryor 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Pryor sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 12, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Pryor was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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

Pryor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Health (18%) Taxation (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Commerce (11%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Energy (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pryor recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Pryor voted Yea

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Pryor voted Yea

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

Pryor voted Nay

Pryor 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 …

Pryor voted Nay

Bill Passed 56/43 on Mar 25, 2010.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–152, 124 Stat. 1029) is a law that was enacted by the 111th United States …

Pryor voted Nay

Pryor voted Nay

Pryor voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2014, Pryor missed 54 of 3,816 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with 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, 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: