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Sen. Robert Kasten Jr.

Former Senator for Wisconsin

Kasten was a senator from Wisconsin and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for Wisconsin’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1975 to 1978.

Photo of Sen. Robert Kasten [R-WI, 1981-1992]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kasten is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kasten sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kasten was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Kasten sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (34%) Agriculture and Food (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Commerce (7%) International Affairs (7%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1992, Kasten missed 90 of 4,355 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is better than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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