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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 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 from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. 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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Does 16 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pryor recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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