Hatfield is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Hatfield was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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).
Some of Hatfield’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3336 (95th): Contract Services for Drug Dependent Federal Offenders Act
- S.J.Res. 142 (95th): A joint resolution to authorize and direct the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial ...
- S.Res. 465 (95th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to mutual ...
- S. 2746 (95th): A bill to maintain in effect for 1978 and succeeding years the ...
- S. 2714 (95th): Emergency Wheat Farmers’ Income Act
From Jan 1978 to Oct 1978, Hatfield missed 105 of 519 roll call votes, which is 20.2%. This is much worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills