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Sen. Robert “Bob” Smith

Former Senator for New Hampshire

Smith, a Republican, was a senator from New Hampshire from 1990 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district (1985-1990).

Photo of Sen. Robert “Bob” Smith [R-NH, 1990-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Smith is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2002 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 Smith sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Smith was the primary sponsor of 5 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

Smith sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Law (15%) Commerce (11%) International Affairs (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Nov 2002, Smith missed 39 of 4,110 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. 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: