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Sen. Paul Simon

Former Senator for Illinois

Simon was a senator from Illinois and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1984; and the representative for Illinois’s 24th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Paul Simon [D-IL, 1985-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Simon is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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 Simon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Simon was the primary sponsor of 50 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 50 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

Simon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Labor and Employment (17%) Law (12%) Commerce (11%) International Affairs (10%) Education (9%) Health (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Simon recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Oct 1996, Simon missed 418 of 4,370 roll call votes, which is 9.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: