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.|
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.
Stevens was the primary sponsor of 61 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S.J.Res. 17 (110th): A joint resolution directing the United States to initiate international discussions and take necessary steps with other Nations to negotiate an agreement for managing migratory and transboundary ...
- S. 2653 (109th): Call Home Act of 2006
- S. 1323 (109th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located on Lindbald Avenue, Girdwood, Alaska, as the “Dorothy and Connie Hibbs Post Office Building”.
- S. 1275 (109th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7172 North Tongass Highway, Ward Cove, Alaska, as the ‘Alice R. Brusich Post ...
- S.J.Res. 28 (109th): A joint resolution approving the location of the commemorative work in the District of Columbia honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- S. 2548 (109th): Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006
- S. 2415 (108th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4141 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, as the ‘Robert J. Opinsky Post Office Building’.
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).
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%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Environmental Protection (8%)
Some of Stevens’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3696 (110th): Alaska Timber Industry Fairness Act
- S.Res. 696 (110th): A resolution designating September 2008 as “National Youth Court Month”.
- S. 3491 (110th): Telehealth for America Act of 2008
- S. 3333 (110th): Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2008
- S.Res. 575 (110th): A resolution expressing the support of the Senate for veteran entrepreneurs.
- S. 3042 (110th): Federal Land Avalanche Protection Act of 2008
- S. 2919 (110th): Signaling Modernization Act of 2008
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 and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills