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Sen. James Eastland

Former Senator for Mississippi

Eastland was a senator from Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1943 to 1978.

He was previously a senator from Mississippi as a Democrat from 1941 to 1941.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Eastland 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Eastland sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Eastland was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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

Eastland sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recently Introduced Bills

Eastland recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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