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Pryor is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 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 Pryor sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Pryor was the primary sponsor of 11 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).
Pryor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%)Health (18%)Taxation (14%)Armed Forces and National Security (12%)Commerce (11%)Transportation and Public Works (10%)Energy (6%)Science, Technology, Communications (6%)
Some of Pryor’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Pryor’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Yea||H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014|
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
|Yea||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
|Nay||On the Nomination PN1209: Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
Mar 26, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 59/41.
|Nay||S. 3240 (112th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012|
Jun 21, 2012. Bill Passed 64/35.
|Nay||S.Res. 10 (112th): A resolution to improve the debate and consideration of legislative matters and nominations in the Senate.|
Jan 27, 2011. Resolution Rejected 44/51.
|Yea||H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010|
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
|Nay||H.R. 4872 (111th): Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010|
Mar 25, 2010. Bill Passed 56/43.
|Nay||H.R. 3121 (110th): Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007|
May 13, 2008. Bill Passed 92/6.
|Nay||S.J.Res. 9 (110th): United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007|
Mar 15, 2007. Joint Resolution Defeated 48/50.
|Yea||On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General|
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Jan 2003 to Dec 2014, Pryor missed 54 of 3,816 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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Cotton was raised on a cattle farm near the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. He attended Harvard University (A.B., 1998) and then Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 2002. After working as a clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, he briefly practiced law privately before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2005. Declining an offer to serve as a military lawyer, he became an infantry officer and underwent training as a ranger. He completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and later served in the United States as a platoon leader in the Old Guard, the military unit responsible for conducting burial ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. He earned the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge, among other awards.
After leaving active duty in 2009, Cotton went to work for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Popular within the Tea Party movement, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and easily won the election. After taking office the following year, he pursued a conservative agenda, opposing same-sex marriage, gun control, and defense-spending cuts. He also voted against many of Pres. Barack Obama’s initiatives, notably the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2014 Cotton ran for the U.S. Senate, and he defeated the Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in the hotly contested election. During the campaign, Cotton married Anna Peckham, an attorney.
In March 2015 Cotton made headlines after writing an open letter to the leaders of Iran—which was signed by most Republican senators—warning that any nuclear deal made with the Obama administration would require congressional approval.