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Sen. David Pryor

Former Senator for Arkansas

Pryor was a senator from Arkansas and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1972.

Photo of Sen. David Pryor [D-AR, 1979-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pryor is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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.

Enacted Legislation

Pryor was the primary sponsor of 16 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 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pryor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Social Welfare (14%) Taxation (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Commerce (8%) Law (8%) Education (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Pryor’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Pryor missed 578 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 8.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: