Sen. Samuel “Sam” Brownback

Former Senator from Kansas, Republican

Brownback, a Republican, was a senator from Kansas from 1996 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district (1995-1996).

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Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Brownback is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Brownback was the primary sponsor of 9 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

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%) Law (8%) Health (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Brownback’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010, also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act), was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Yea H.R. 2996 (111th): Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
Oct 29, 2009. Conference Report Agreed to 72/28.
Yea H.R. 3288 (111th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Sep 17, 2009. Bill Passed 73/25.
Yea H.R. 3435 (111th): Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program.
Aug 6, 2009. Bill Passed 60/37.
Nay 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 H.R. 1495 (110th): Water Resources Development Act of 2007
Nov 8, 2007. Veto Overridden 79/14.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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