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Sen. Robert Stafford

Former Senator for Vermont

Stafford was a senator from Vermont and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Vermont’s at-large district as a Republican from 1961 to 1971.

Photo of Sen. Robert Stafford [R-VT, 1971-1988]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stafford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Stafford sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 26, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Stafford was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 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

Stafford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (22%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Environmental Protection (20%) Education (11%) Energy (9%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Native Americans (6%) Water Resources Development (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stafford recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1971 to Oct 1988, Stafford missed 1,060 of 8,581 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is much worse than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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