Sen. James Abdnor

Former Senator from South Dakota, Republican

Abdnor, a Republican, was a senator from South Dakota from 1981 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's 2nd congressional district (1973-1980).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1986. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Abdnor is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Abdnor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Water Resources Development (23%) Taxation (17%) Agriculture and Food (16%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Energy (7%) Environmental Protection (6%) Private Legislation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1986, Abdnor missed 43 of 2,368 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is better than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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