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Sen. William Roth

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 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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Does 23 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Roth recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: