Sen. Robert Byrd

Former Senator from West Virginia

Elected Positions

Dates Title / State / District
1959-2010 Senator,
West Virginia
1957-1958 Representative,
West Virginia's 6th District
1953-1956 Representative,
West Virginia's 6th District

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Sponsorship Analysis

Byrd was a centrist Democrat according to GovTrack's own analysis of bill sponsorship from Byrd’s time serving in the Senate. Byrd’s bills had a total of 118 cosponsors in the 111th Congress.

Use this chart to compare Byrd to other members of the Senate in the 111th Congress on leadership and ideology.

This chart is based on principal components analysis for ideology and PageRank for leadership. See analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1959 to Jun 2010, Byrd missed 541 of 19,048 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. 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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Recent Legislative Activity