Sen. Robert Byrd

Former Senator from West Virginia

Democrat

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

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

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. 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

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 19,228 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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