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Sen. Richard “Rick” Santorum

Former Senator from Pennsylvania, Republican

Santorum, a Republican, was a senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district (1991-1994).

Photo of Sen. Richard “Rick” Santorum [R-PA, 1995-2006]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Santorum is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Santorum was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Santorum sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Taxation (10%) Law (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2006, Santorum missed 79 of 4,156 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. 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: