Jepsen is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Jepsen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 12, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Jepsen was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1711 (98th): An act providing for a fifteen-year extension of patent numbered 3,376,198.
- S. 422 (98th): Controlled Substance Registrant Protection Act of 1984
- S. 974 (98th): Military Justice Act of 1983
- S. 1865 (98th): A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to make an earlier announcement of the 1984 crop feed grain program and of the 1985 crop wheat and ...
- S.J.Res. 18 (98th): A joint resolution designating September 22, 1983, as “American Business Women’s Day.”
- S. 1181 (97th): Uniformed Services Pay Act of 1981
Does 6 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).
Jepsen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (26%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Social Welfare (14%) Education (12%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Environmental Protection (6%)
Some of Jepsen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3046 (98th): A bill to modify the project for flood protection on the Chariton ...
- S. 3002 (98th): Temporary Agricultural Interest Rate Reduction Act of 1984
- S. 2967 (98th): Agricultural Credit Assistance Act of 1984
- S.J.Res. 343 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week of September 16, 1984, through ...
- S. 2924 (98th): A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to require that ...
- S.Res. 425 (98th): A resolution authorizing the printing of additional copies of the Joint Committee ...
- S. 2644 (98th): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to ...
From Feb 1979 to Oct 1984, Jepsen missed 160 of 2,680 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is on par with the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. 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
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills