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Sen. William “Bill” Bradley

Former Senator from New Jersey, Democrat

Bradley, a Democrat, was a senator from New Jersey from 1979 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. William “Bill” Bradley [D-NJ, 1979-1996]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bradley is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Bradley was the primary sponsor of 31 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

Bradley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (20%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (11%) Taxation (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Bradley missed 506 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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: