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Sen. Thomas “Tom” Daschle

Former Senator for South Dakota

Daschle was a senator from South Dakota and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota’s at-large district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1986; and the representative for South Dakota’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1979 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Thomas “Tom” Daschle [D-SD, 1987-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Daschle is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 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 Daschle sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Daschle was the primary sponsor of 27 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 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

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

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