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Sen. Scott Brown

Former Senator for Massachusetts

Brown, a Republican, was a senator from Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Scott Brown [R-MA, 2010-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brown is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 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 Brown sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brown was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Brown sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Taxation (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Education (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Health (9%) Immigration (9%) Labor and Employment (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Brown’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN1123: Gershwin A. Drain, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
Aug 2, 2012. Nomination Confirmed 55/41.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea H.R. 2965 (111th): Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Dec 18, 2010. Motion Agreed to 65/31.
The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that established a process for ending the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654), thus allowing gays, lesbians, ...
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 ...
Yea H.R. 2847 (111th): Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
Mar 17, 2010. Motion Agreed to 68/29.

Missed Votes

From Feb 2010 to Jan 2013, Brown missed 4 of 765 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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