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Sen. Rupert Hartke

Former Senator for Indiana

Hartke was a senator from Indiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1959 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. Rupert Hartke [D-IN, 1959-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hartke 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 Hartke sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hartke was the primary sponsor of 16 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 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

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%) Education (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (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

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