Scott 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 Scott sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Scott was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- S.J.Res. 206 (93rd): A joint resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Army to receive for instruction at the U.S. Military Academy one citizen of the Kingdom of Laos.
- S. 1618 (93rd): A bill to name the headquarters building in the Geological Survey National Center under construction in Reston, Va., as the “John Wesley Powell Federal Building.”
Does 2 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).
Scott sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Law (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Environmental Protection (10%) Agriculture and Food (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Labor and Employment (7%)
Some of Scott’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2784 (95th): Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments
- S. 2205 (95th): A bill to terminate the authorization for the Delaware Bay to Cape ...
- S. 1767 (95th): Federal Officials Antidefamation Act
- S. 1681 (95th): A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 in order to ...
- S.J.Res. 43 (95th): A joint-resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States ...
- S. 1221 (95th): A bill to amend chapter 44 of title 18 of the United ...
- S. 1172 (95th): Food Additives Amendment
From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Scott missed 531 of 3,605 roll call votes, which is 14.7%. This is worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills