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Sen. Ted Stevens

Former Senator for Alaska

Stevens was a senator from Alaska and was a Republican. He served from 1968 to 2008.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

In 2008 Stevens was convicted of making false statements. Prior to sentencing in 2009, the indictment was dismissed. Stevens lost the 2008 election and died in 2010.

2008 Stevens was convicted and lost reelection.
2009 Prior to sentencing in 2009, the indictment was dismissed.
2010 Stevens died.
Photo of Sen. Ted Stevens [R-AK, 1968-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stevens is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 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 Stevens sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Stevens was the primary sponsor of 61 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

Stevens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Law (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Commerce (11%) Environmental Protection (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Stevens’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Yea S. 4 (110th): Improving America’s Security Act of 2007
Mar 13, 2007. Bill Passed 60/38.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Dec 2008, Stevens missed 1,201 of 16,172 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2008. 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: