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Sen. James Abdnor

Former Senator for South Dakota

Abdnor was a senator from South Dakota and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. James Abdnor [R-SD, 1981-1986]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Abdnor is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Abdnor sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Abdnor was the primary sponsor of 11 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 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

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

Missed Votes

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

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