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Sen. Harrison Williams Jr.

Former Senator for New Jersey

Williams, a Democrat, was a senator from New Jersey from 1959 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 6th congressional district (1953-1956).

Photo of Sen. Harrison Williams [D-NJ, 1959-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Williams is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1982 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 Williams sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Williams was the primary sponsor of 22 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

Williams sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Taxation (9%) Private Legislation (9%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Mar 1982, Williams missed 961 of 9,306 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is worse than the median of 7.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1982. 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: