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Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Former Representative for South Dakota’s At-Large District

Herseth Sandlin was the representative for South Dakota’s at-large district and was a Democrat. She served from 2004 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin [D-SD, 2004-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Herseth Sandlin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Herseth Sandlin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Herseth Sandlin was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Herseth Sandlin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Health (12%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Native Americans (10%) Education (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Herseth Sandlin recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Herseth Sandlin voted Yea

Herseth Sandlin voted No

Herseth Sandlin voted No

Passed 253/171 on Sep 17, 2009.

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA; H.R. 3221) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives of the 111th …

Herseth Sandlin voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Herseth Sandlin voted No

Missed Votes

From Jun 2004 to Dec 2010, Herseth Sandlin missed 105 of 5,066 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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Primary Sources

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