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Sen. Herman Talmadge

Former Senator for Georgia

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.
Photo of Sen. Herman Talmadge [D-GA, 1957-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Talmadge was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Health (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Talmadge recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: