Sen. Paul Sarbanes

Former Senator from Maryland, Democrat

Sarbanes, a Democrat, was a senator from Maryland from 1977 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1973-1976); and the representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district (1971-1972).



Our unique analysis of the bills Sarbanes sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sarbanes is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Sarbanes was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sarbanes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Environmental Protection (10%) Commerce (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Water Resources Development (9%) Social Welfare (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 2006, Sarbanes missed 236 of 11,445 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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