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Sen. Wendell Ford

Former Senator from Kentucky, Democrat

Ford, a Democrat, was a senator from Kentucky from 1974 to 1998.

Photo of Sen. Wendell Ford [D-KY, 1974-1998]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ford is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Ford 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 about one third or more 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

Ford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Law (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Commerce (9%) Sports and Recreation (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1998, Ford missed 351 of 10,131 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. 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: