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Sen. Slade Gorton

Former Senator for Washington

Gorton was a senator from Washington and was a Republican. He served from 1989 to 2000.

He was previously a senator from Washington as a Republican from 1981 to 1986.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gorton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 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 Gorton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full 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 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

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: