Sen. Rupert Hartke

Former Senator from Indiana, Democrat

Hartke, a Democrat, was a senator from Indiana from 1959 to 1976.



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1976. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Hartke is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Hartke was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hartke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Social Welfare (14%) Labor and Employment (10%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1976, Hartke missed 1,703 of 6,547 roll call votes, which is 26.0%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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