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Sen. Jacob Javits

Former Senator from New York, Republican

Javits, a Republican, was a senator from New York from 1957 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for New York's 21st congressional district (1947-1954).

Photo of Sen. Jacob Javits [R-NY, 1957-1980]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Javits is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Javits was the primary sponsor of 20 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

Javits sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (19%) Health (17%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Labor and Employment (14%) Social Welfare (11%) International Affairs (9%) Private Legislation (7%) Taxation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1957 to Dec 1980, Javits missed 1,238 of 9,062 roll call votes, which is 13.7%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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