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Sen. Spark Matsunaga

Former Senator for Hawaii

Matsunaga was a senator from Hawaii and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1976; and the representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1970.

Photo of Sen. Spark Matsunaga [D-HI, 1977-1990]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Matsunaga is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1990 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 Matsunaga sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Matsunaga was the primary sponsor of 30 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

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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: