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Sen. George McGovern

Former Senator from South Dakota, Democrat

McGovern, a Democrat, was a senator from South Dakota from 1963 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's 1st congressional district (1957-1960).

Photo of Sen. George McGovern [D-SD, 1963-1980]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). McGovern is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

McGovern was the primary sponsor of 11 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 about one third or more 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

McGovern sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (31%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Health (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) International Affairs (9%) Labor and Employment (6%) Energy (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, McGovern missed 1,978 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 25.0%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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: