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Key Votes

Edward Kennedy, Sr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Judicial Branch

Full Name: Edward 'Ted' M. Kennedy, Sr.
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Victoria Reggie; 3 Children: Kara, Edward Jr., Patrick; 2 Stepchildren: Curan Raclin, Caroline Raclin
Birth Date: 02/22/1932
Birth Place: Boston, MA
Home City: Hyannis Port, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 6, 2009 PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 31, 2006 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Sept. 29, 2005 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Senate
(78 - 22)
June 14, 2005 PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(73 - 24)
June 9, 2005 PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 45)
June 8, 2005 PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(56 - 43)
May 25, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(55 - 43)
May 24, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Cloture Invoked - Senate
(81 - 18)
Feb. 10, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 26)
Feb. 3, 2005 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 36)
Oct. 5, 1999 PN 49 Ronnie L. White, United States District Judge in Missouri Nomination Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
July 29, 1994 PN 1399 Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(87 - 9)
Aug. 3, 1993 PN 422 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Feb. 20, 1991 S 429 Civil Actions Regarding Price-Fixing House Co-sponsor

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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