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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.


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 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 from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 11, 2008. 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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Does 61 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

Stevens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recently Introduced Bills

Stevens recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stevens voted Yea

Veto Overridden 80/14 on Jun 18, 2008.

Stevens voted Yea

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

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. …

Stevens voted Yea

Stevens voted Yea

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.

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

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