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Sen. Robert Taft Jr.

Former Senator for Ohio

Taft was a senator from Ohio and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Ohio’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1967 to 1970; and the representative for Ohio’s at-large district as a Republican from 1963 to 1964.

Photo of Sen. Robert Taft [R-OH, 1971-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Taft is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 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 Taft sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Taft was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Taft sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (26%) Transportation and Public Works (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Social Welfare (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Taxation (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1976, Taft missed 765 of 3,404 roll call votes, which is 22.5%. This is much worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. 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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Primary Sources

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