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.
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 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.
Gorton was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 893 (106th): A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to provide equitable treatment with respect to State and local income taxes for certain individuals who perform duties …
- S. 2951 (106th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to investigate opportunities to better manage the water resources in the Salmon Creek watershed …
- S. 1488 (106th): Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 1999
- S. 1683 (105th): A bill to transfer administrative jurisdiction over part of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Agriculture for …
- S. 1193 (105th): Aviation Insurance Reauthorization Act of 1997
- S. 461 (104th): A bill to authorize extension of time limitation for a FERC-issued hydroelectric license.
- S. 680 (103rd): Child Safety Protection Act
Does 28 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).
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%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Gorton recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 2969 (106th): Retirement Security Advice Act of 2000
- S. 2974 (106th): Medicare Equity and Access Act of 2000
- S. 2951 (106th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a …
- S.Con.Res. 119 (106th): A concurrent resolution commending the Republic of Croatia for the conduct of …
- S. 2644 (106th): Access to Innovation for Medicare Patients Act of 2000
- S. 2597 (106th): A bill to clarify that environmental protection, safety, and health provisions continue …
- S.Res. 308 (106th): A resolution congratulating the International House on the occasion of its 75th …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills