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Sen. William “Bill” Frist

Former Senator from Tennessee, Republican

Frist, a Republican, was a senator from Tennessee from 1995 to 2006.

Photo of Sen. William “Bill” Frist [R-TN, 1995-2006]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Frist is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Frist was the primary sponsor of 15 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

Frist sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Law (16%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Health (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2006, Frist missed 39 of 4,156 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. 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: