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Sen. William Hathaway

Former Senator for Maine

Hathaway was a senator from Maine and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Maine’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1972.

Photo of Sen. William Hathaway [D-ME, 1973-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hathaway is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 Hathaway sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hathaway was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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

Hathaway sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Taxation (19%) Social Welfare (13%) Health (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Education (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Hathaway missed 335 of 3,605 roll call votes, which is 9.3%. This is on par with the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. 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: