Sen. Spark Matsunaga

Former Senator from Hawaii, Democrat

Matsunaga, a Democrat, was a senator from Hawaii from 1977 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for Hawaii's 1st congressional district (1971-1976); and the representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district (1963-1970).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1990. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Matsunaga is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Matsunaga was the primary sponsor of 18 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

Matsunaga sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (31%) Immigration (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Energy (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Labor and Employment (6%) Health (5%) Native Americans (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Apr 1990, Matsunaga missed 533 of 5,746 roll call votes, which is 9.3%. This is much worse than the median of 4.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Apr 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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