Kerrey is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 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 Kerrey sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.
Kerrey was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S. 2895 (106th): A bill to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3030 Meredith Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Reverend J.C. Wade Post Office”.
- S. 1649 (104th): Irrigation Project Contract Extension Act of 1996
- S. 1406 (103rd): Plant Variety Protection Act Amendments of 1994
Does 3 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).
Kerrey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Economics and Public Finance (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Commerce (13%) Taxation (13%) Labor and Employment (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Health (10%)
Some of Kerrey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3229 (106th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow ...
- S. 3200 (106th): Social Security KidSave Accounts Act
- S.Res. 363 (106th): A resolution commending the late Ernest Burgess, M.D., for his service to ...
- S. 2895 (106th): A bill to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service ...
- S. 2704 (106th): Missouri River Valley Improvement Act
- S. 2616 (106th): A bill for the relief of Luis A. Gonzalez and Virginia Aguilla ...
- S. 2555 (106th): Mortgage Cancellation Relief Act of 2000
From Jan 1989 to Dec 2000, Kerrey missed 153 of 4,115 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2000. 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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