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Sen. Paul Trible

Former Senator for Virginia

Trible was a senator from Virginia and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1977 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Paul Trible [R-VA, 1983-1988]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Trible is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Trible sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 26, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Trible was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Trible sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) International Affairs (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Trible recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1983 to Oct 1988, Trible missed 67 of 2,201 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is better than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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