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Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson

Former Senator from Washington, Democrat

Jackson, a Democrat, was a senator from Washington from 1953 to 1983.

He was previously the representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district (1941-1952).

Photo of Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson [D-WA, 1953-1983]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Jackson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Jackson was the primary sponsor of 76 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

Jackson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%) Energy (18%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Environmental Protection (7%) Arts, Culture, Religion (7%) Private Legislation (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1953 to Oct 1984, Jackson missed 738 of 10,753 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is on par with the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. 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: