Sen. Paul Simon

Former Senator from Illinois, Democrat

Simon, a Democrat, was a senator from Illinois from 1985 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Illinois's 22nd congressional district (1983-1984); and the representative for Illinois's 24th congressional district (1975-1982).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Simon is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Simon was the primary sponsor of 34 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

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%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

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Primary Sources

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