Lugar is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 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 Lugar sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Lugar was the primary sponsor of 56 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1932 (112th): A bill to require the Secretary of State to act on a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
- S. 3581 (111th): Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties Implementation Act of 2010
- S. 3104 (111th): A bill to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia, and for other purposes.
- S. 377 (110th): United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program Act of 2007
- S. 1104 (110th): An act to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants, and for other ...
- S. 494 (110th): NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2007
- S. 3741 (109th): A bill to provide funding authority to facilitate the evacuation of persons from Lebanon, and for other purposes.
Does 56 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).
Lugar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Lugar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 626 (112th): A resolution designating April 24, 2014, as “Jan Karski Day”.
- S. 3671 (112th): A bill to provide certain assistance to North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.
- S.Res. 588 (112th): A resolution commending the 4 American public servants who died in Benghazi, ...
- S.Res. 575 (112th): A resolution commending the 4 American public servants who died in Benghazi, ...
- S.Res. 551 (112th): A resolution commending the 4 American public servants who died in Benghazi, ...
- S. 3310 (112th): Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012
- S.Res. 481 (112th): A resolution celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the United States-Philippines Mutual Defense ...
From Jan 1977 to Jan 2013, Lugar missed 230 of 13,284 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills