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Key Votes

Butch Otter's Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Clement 'Butch' Leroy Otter
Office: Governor (ID), Republican
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for Governor
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lori; 4 Children: John, Carolyn, Kimberly Dawn, Corrine
Birth Date: 05/03/1942
Birth Place: Caldwell, ID
Home City: Star, ID
Religion: Roman Catholic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 29, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 170)
Sept. 20, 2006 HR 4844 Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(228 - 196)
July 19, 2006 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(260 - 167)
July 13, 2006 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill Passed - House
(390 - 33)
Dec. 14, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - House
(251 - 174)
Nov. 2, 2005 HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act Bill Failed - House
(225 - 182)
July 21, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Motion Rejected - House
(209 - 218)
July 21, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill Passed - House
(257 - 171)
June 17, 2005 HR 2745 United Nations Reform Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(221 - 184)
June 15, 2005 H Amdt 280 Patriot Act Amendment - Library Records Amendment Adopted - House
(238 - 187)
Oct. 10, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(357 - 48)
Oct. 24, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(357 - 66)
Oct. 12, 2001 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(337 - 79)
July 17, 2001 H J Res 36 Flag Burning Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(298 - 125)

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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