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Sen. Roland Burris

Former Senator for Illinois

Burris, a Democrat, was a senator from Illinois from 2009 to 2010.

Congressional misconduct:

In 2009 Burris received a qualified admonishment for appearing to agree to a quid pro quo with Rod Blagojevich with respect to Blagojevich's brother's campaign and Burris's senate appointment. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a qualified admonishment because while they did not find evidence of crimes, Burris' own comments were misleading with respect to what he promised in exchange for his senate appointment. Senator Burris served in the Senate only 9 months, with Mark Kirk winning the 2010 election.

Photo of Sen. Roland Burris [D-IL, 2009-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burris is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 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 Burris sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Burris sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (50%) Health (13%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Education (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Private Legislation (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Burris’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Nay S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Nov 2010, Burris missed 6 of 644 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2010. 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: