Sen. Thomas “Tom” Daschle

Former Senator from South Dakota, Democrat

Daschle, a Democrat, was a senator from South Dakota from 1987 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's at-large district (1983-1986); and the representative for South Dakota's 1st congressional district (1979-1982).



Our unique analysis of the bills Daschle sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Daschle is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Daschle was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Daschle sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Law (13%) Commerce (12%) Health (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Labor and Employment (10%) Social Welfare (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2004, Daschle missed 84 of 6,222 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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