Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings

Former Senator from South Carolina, Democrat

Hollings, a Democrat, was a senator from South Carolina from 1966 to 2004.



Our unique analysis of the bills Hollings sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Hollings is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Hollings was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hollings sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (18%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Law (13%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Dec 2004, Hollings missed 1,309 of 15,466 roll call votes, which is 8.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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