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Sen. William Roth Jr.

Former Senator for Delaware

Roth was a senator from Delaware and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 2000.

He was previously the representative for Delaware’s at-large district as a Republican from 1967 to 1970.

Photo of Sen. William Roth [R-DE, 1971-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Roth is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 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 Roth sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Roth was the primary sponsor of 23 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

Roth sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (15%) Commerce (15%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Taxation (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Law (10%) International Affairs (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Dec 2000, Roth missed 449 of 12,896 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2000. 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: