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Sen. Robert Kerrey

Former Senator from Nebraska, Democrat

Kerrey, a Democrat, was a senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2000.

Photo of Sen. Robert Kerrey [D-NE, 1989-2000]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2000. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kerrey is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Kerrey was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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