Sen. William Cohen

Former Senator from Maine, Republican

Cohen, a Republican, was a senator from Maine from 1979 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Maine's 2nd congressional district (1973-1978).


Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Cohen 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). Cohen is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cohen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Health (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Commerce (11%) Law (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Cohen missed 269 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is on par with 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

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