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Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston

Former Senator for Kentucky

Huddleston was a senator from Kentucky and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1984.

Photo of Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston [D-KY, 1973-1984]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Huddleston is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Huddleston sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 12, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Huddleston was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 12 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

Huddleston sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (21%) Immigration (14%) Energy (12%) Private Legislation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Taxation (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Huddleston recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1984, Huddleston missed 807 of 6,287 roll call votes, which is 12.8%. This is much worse than the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. 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: