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 from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 20, 2002. See full analysis methodology.
Smith was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1866 (106th): John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Act
- S. 2073 (103rd): A bill to designate the United States courthouse that is scheduled to be constructed in Concord, New Hampshire, as the “Warren B. Rudman United States Courthouse”, and ...
- S.J.Res. 196 (103rd): A joint resolution designating September 16, 1994, as “National POW/MIA Recognition Day” and authorizing display of the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.
- S.J.Res. 126 (103rd): A joint resolution designating September 10, 1993, as “National POW/MIA Recognition Day” and authorizing the display of the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.
- S. 461 (102nd): Lamprey River Study Act of 1991
Does 5 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).
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%)
Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2886 (107th): Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act
- S. 2813 (107th): Water Quality Investment Act of 2002
- S. 2815 (107th): Clear Skies Act of 2002
- S.Res. 297 (107th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that pet owners should ...
- S.Res. 290 (107th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the designation of ...
- S.Res. 288 (107th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that New Hampshire residents ...
- S. 2575 (107th): American Land Sovereignty Protection Act
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills