Sen. Robert Byrd

Former Senator from West Virginia, Democrat

Byrd, a Democrat, was a senator from West Virginia from 1959 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for West Virginia's 6th congressional district (1953-1958).

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Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Byrd is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Byrd sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Law (17%) Energy (15%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Commerce (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1959 to Jun 2010, Byrd missed 679 of 19,246 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jun 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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