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Sen. James Eastland

Former Senator from Mississippi, Democrat

Eastland, a Democrat, was a senator from Mississippi from 1943 to 1978.

He was previously a senator from Mississippi (1941-1941).

Photo of Sen. James Eastland [D-MS, 1943-1978]


Our unique analysis of the bills Eastland 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). Eastland is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Eastland 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 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

Eastland sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (41%) Law (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Immigration (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1941 to Oct 1978, Eastland missed 2,088 of 10,002 roll call votes, which is 20.9%. 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: