Sen. Richard “Dick” Clark

Former Senator from Iowa, Democrat

Clark, a Democrat, was a senator from Iowa from 1973 to 1978.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Clark is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Clark was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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

Clark sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Agriculture and Food (18%) International Affairs (17%) Private Legislation (14%) Social Welfare (8%) Labor and Employment (7%) Health (7%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Clark missed 255 of 3,605 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. This is better than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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