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Sen. Slade Gorton

Former Senator from Washington, Republican

Gorton, a Republican, was a senator from Washington from 1989 to 2000.

He was previously a senator from Washington (1981-1986).

Photo of Sen. Slade Gorton [R-WA, 1989-2000]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2000. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gorton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Gorton was the primary sponsor of 28 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 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

Gorton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Law (15%) Commerce (13%) Environmental Protection (11%) Energy (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2000, Gorton missed 67 of 6,483 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2000. 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: