Talmadge was a senator from Georgia and was a Democrat. He served from 1957 to 1980.
On Oct. 3, 1979, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics investigated Talmadge for financial misconduct and recommended that Talmadge be "denounced" (censured). On Oct. 11, 1979, the Senate censured him. On Nov. 4, 1980, lost the election.
|Oct. 3, 1979||Senate Select Committee on Ethics recommended that Talmadge be "denounced" (censured)|
|Oct. 11, 1979||Senate censured|
|Nov. 4, 1980||Lost the election.|
Talmadge is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Talmadge sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Talmadge was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1465 (96th): Farm Credit Act Amendments of 1980
- S. 985 (96th): A bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
- S.J.Res. 205 (96th): A joint resolution to proclaim March 19, 1981, as “National Agriculture Day”.
- S. 1309 (96th): Food Stamp Act Amendments of 1980
- S. 2427 (96th): A bill to encourage greater participation in the farmer-held reserve program for corn and wheat, and for other purposes.
- S. 1831 (96th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide that in certain cases the net operating loss carryover period for a taxpayer who ceases ...
- S. 984 (96th): An act to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with authority to reduce marketing penalties for peanuts.
Does 26 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Talmadge sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Agriculture and Food (31%) Social Welfare (20%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Taxation (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Labor and Employment (6%) Health (6%) Economics and Public Finance (6%)
Some of Talmadge’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3256 (96th): Food Safety and Quality Amendments of 1980
- S. 3178 (96th): A bill to establish the Franklin Delano Roosevelt-Warm Springs National Historic Site ...
- S. 3159 (96th): A bill to make technical corrections in certain provisions of Public Law ...
- S. 3157 (96th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code with respect to allowance ...
- S. 3158 (96th): A bill to amend the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of ...
- S. 3154 (96th): A bill to make technical corrections in certain provisions of Public Law ...
- S. 3155 (96th): A bill to amend the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of ...
From Jan 1957 to Dec 1980, Talmadge missed 1,277 of 9,064 roll call votes, which is 14.1%. This is 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills