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Sen. Richard Schweiker

Former Senator for Pennsylvania

Schweiker, a Republican, was a senator from Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district (1961-1968).

Photo of Sen. Richard Schweiker [R-PA, 1969-1980]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Schweiker is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Schweiker sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Schweiker was the primary sponsor of 7 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

Schweiker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Social Welfare (16%) Education (14%) Labor and Employment (14%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Private Legislation (8%) Taxation (8%) Immigration (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Schweiker missed 245 of 6,280 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is better than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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: