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Sen. Wendell Ford

Former Senator for Kentucky

Ford was a senator from Kentucky and was a Democrat. He served from 1974 to 1998.

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

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1998 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 Ford sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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

Ford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Law (13%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (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: