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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 liberal–conservative 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. 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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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%)

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: