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)
Sarbanes was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 470 (108th): A bill to extend the authority for the construction of a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.
- S. 2239 (107th): FHA Downpayment Simplification Act of 2002
- S. 1372 (107th): Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2002
- S. 2248 (107th): A bill to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank until May 31, 2002.
- S. 2019 (107th): A bill to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank until April 30, 2002.
- S. 1029 (107th): A bill to clarify the authority of the Department of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the use of fees during fiscal year 2001 for the ...
- S.J.Res. 51 (105th): A joint resolution granting the consent of Congress to the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Compact entered into between the States of Maryland and West Virginia.
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.
Sarbanes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Commerce (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Water Resources Development (9%) Social Welfare (9%)
Some of Sarbanes’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4038 (109th): Global Resources, Environment, and Security Commission Act of 2006
- S. 2568 (109th): Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Designation Act
- S. 1564 (109th): A bill to provide for the disposition of the Federal property located ...
- S. 1512 (109th): A bill to grant a Federal charter to Korean War Veterans Association, ...
- S. 1494 (109th): NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Monitoring, Education, Training, and Restoration Act
- S. 1490 (109th): Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Environmental Accountability Act of 2005
- S. 1493 (109th): Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forestry Program Act of 2005
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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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills