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Sen. James Abourezk

Former Senator for South Dakota

Abourezk was a senator from South Dakota and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1972.

Photo of Sen. James Abourezk [D-SD, 1973-1978]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Abourezk 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Abourezk sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Abourezk was the primary sponsor of 16 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

Abourezk sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Native Americans (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Private Legislation (12%) Agriculture and Food (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

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