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Sen. Robert Dole

Former Senator from Kansas, Republican

Dole, a Republican, was a senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district (1963-1968); and the representative for Kansas's 6th congressional district (1961-1962).

Photo of Sen. Robert Dole [R-KS, 1969-1996]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Dole is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Dole was the primary sponsor of 74 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

Dole sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Law (15%) International Affairs (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Jun 1996, Dole missed 664 of 12,130 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jun 1996. 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: