More than 20 members of Congress were around for the last major tax overhaul in 1986 -- here's how they voted

  • 23 current members of Congress were serving in 1986 when the last tax overhaul was passed.
  • They did not vote along party lines.

Republicans have framed the latest push for tax reform as a generational legislative effort.

Interestingly enough, nearly 25 members of Congress happened to serve the last time such a generational push occurred.

On Tuesday, Politico published a full list of how current members of Congress, who served when the last major tax reform was passed in 1986, voted on that legislation.

And the votes did not come cleanly along party lines.

The list includes 11 Democratic members and 12 Republican members, one of whom, Sen. Richard Shelby, was still a member of the Democratic Party in 1986 when he served Alabama in the House.

Here’s how they voted:


Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama (then a Democratic congressman)

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois (then a congressman)

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York (then a congressman)

Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey

Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan

Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas

Republican Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona (then a congressman)

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts (then a congressman)

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon (then a congressman)

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida (then a congressman)


Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah

Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan

Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin

Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas (then a congressman)

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