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Sen. Timothy Wirth

Former Senator for Colorado

Wirth was a senator from Colorado and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. Timothy Wirth [D-CO, 1987-1992]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wirth is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 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 Wirth sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Wirth was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 21 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

Wirth sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (32%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (20%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Energy (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) International Affairs (5%) Education (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Wirth recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Oct 1992, Wirth missed 114 of 1,987 roll call votes, which is 5.7%. This is on par with the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. 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.

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Primary Sources

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