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Sen. Steven Symms

Former Senator for Idaho

Symms, a Republican, was a senator from Idaho from 1981 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district (1973-1980).

Photo of Sen. Steven Symms [R-ID, 1981-1992]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Symms is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 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 Symms sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Symms was the primary sponsor of 12 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 about one third or more 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

Symms sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (31%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Health (9%) Social Welfare (8%) International Affairs (8%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1992, Symms missed 239 of 4,355 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is on par with the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. 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: