Brownback 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Brownback sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Brownback was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1937 (111th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a 5-year carryback of operating losses, and for other purposes.
- S. 1835 (111th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow 5-year carryback of operating losses, and for other purposes.
- S. 1567 (111th): Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2009
- S. 1065 (111th): Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009
- S. 1810 (110th): Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act
- S. 2675 (110th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 West Greenway Street in Derby, Kansas, as the “Sergeant Jamie O. Maugans …
- S. 193 (109th): Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005
Does 10 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).
Brownback sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (37%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) International Affairs (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Law (8%) Health (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Brownback recently introduced the following legislation:
- S.Res. 694 (111th): A resolution condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of …
- S. 3974 (111th): Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act
- S.Con.Res. 73 (111th): A concurrent resolution honoring the life of Dr. Ronald W. Walters and …
- S. 15 (111th): Global Forest Restoration Investment Tax Credit Act
- S. 3904 (111th): High Plains Groundwater Resource Conservation Act
- S.Con.Res. 72 (111th): A concurrent resolution recognizing the 45th anniversary of the White House Fellows …
- S. 3697 (111th): Creating Hope Act of 2010
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2010, Brownback missed 248 of 4,590 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. 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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