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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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)

Enacted Legislation

Byrd was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

Key Votes

Byrd’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Nay S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
Nay H.R. 7081 (110th): United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 86/13.
Nay S. 3001 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Sep 17, 2008. Bill Passed 88/8.
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Nay S.Con.Res. 20 (110th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that no funds should be cut off or reduced ...
Mar 15, 2007. Concurrent Resolution Agreed to 82/16.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

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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