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Sen. Richard “Dick” Clark

Former Senator for Iowa

Clark was a senator from Iowa and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.

Photo of Sen. Richard “Dick” Clark [D-IA, 1973-1978]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Clark is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Clark sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Clark was the primary sponsor of 3 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 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

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%) Health (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (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

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