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Sen. Phil Gramm

Former Senator from Texas, Republican

Gramm, a Republican, was a senator from Texas from 1985 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for Texas's 6th congressional district (1979-1984).

Photo of Sen. Phil Gramm [R-TX, 1985-2002]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gramm is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Gramm was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Gramm sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (17%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Law (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Taxation (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%) Commerce (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Nov 2002, Gramm missed 298 of 6,287 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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