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).

Photo of Sen. Robert Byrd [D-WV, 1959-2010]

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 37 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

Byrd sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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