Sen. James Abourezk

Former Senator from South Dakota, Democrat

Abourezk, a Democrat, was a senator from South Dakota from 1973 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's 2nd congressional district (1971-1972).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Abourezk is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Abourezk was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Abourezk sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Native Americans (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Private Legislation (12%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Water Resources Development (8%) Law (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Abourezk missed 804 of 3,605 roll call votes, which is 22.3%. This is much worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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