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Sen. Robert Stafford

Former Senator from Vermont, Republican

Stafford, a Republican, was a senator from Vermont from 1971 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Vermont's at-large district (1961-1972).

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


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1988. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Stafford is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

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Primary Sources

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