Sen. Robert Byrd [D]

Former Senator from West Virginia

Elected Positions:

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

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%) 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

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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: