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)
Matsunaga was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 639 (101st): Spark M. Matsunaga Hydrogen Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1990
- S.J.Res. 75 (101st): A joint resolution relating to NASA and the International Space Year.
- S. 2948 (99th): A bill to authorize the President to promote posthumously the late Lieutenant Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka to the grade of Colonel.
- S. 98 (99th): A bill for the relief of Cirilo Raagas Costa and Wilma Raagas Costa.
- S.J.Res. 236 (98th): A joint resolution relating to cooperative East-West ventures in space as an alternative to a space arms race.
- S. 215 (97th): An act for the relief of Lourie Ann Eder.
- S. 170 (96th): A bill for the relief of Janet Abraham, also known as Janet Susan Abraham.
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.
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%)
Some of Matsunaga’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2111 (101st): A bill designating the month of May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month”.
- S. 1940 (101st): A bill for the relief of Clement Perez.
- S. 1769 (101st): A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to ...
- S. 1642 (101st): A bill to extend the existing suspension of duty on certain knitwear ...
- S. 1552 (101st): Allied Health Professionals Promotion Act of 1989
- S. 1205 (101st): Foreign Currency Agricultural Research Competitiveness Act of 1989
- S. 1145 (101st): A bill to reestablish the Advisory Committee on Native-American Veterans.
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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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills