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Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson

Former Senator for Washington

Jackson was a senator from Washington and was a Democrat. He served from 1953 to 1983.

He was previously the representative for Washington’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1941 to 1952.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Jackson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Jackson sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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

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%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Private Legislation (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: