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Sen. Hubert Humphrey Jr.

Former Senator for Minnesota

Humphrey was a senator from Minnesota and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1978.

He was previously Vice President of the United States as a Democratic from 1965 to 1969; and a senator from Minnesota as a Democrat from 1949 to 1964.

Photo of Sen. Hubert Humphrey [D-MN, 1971-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Humphrey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 Humphrey sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Humphrey was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 12 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

Humphrey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Agriculture and Food (20%) Private Legislation (15%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Energy (9%) Education (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Humphrey recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Feb 1978, Humphrey missed 1,404 of 6,988 roll call votes, which is 20.1%. This is much worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1978. 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: