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Sen. James Fulbright

Former Senator for Arkansas

Fulbright was a senator from Arkansas and was a Democrat. He served from 1945 to 1974.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1943 to 1944.

Photo of Sen. James Fulbright [D-AR, 1945-1974]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fulbright is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1974 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 Fulbright sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fulbright was the primary sponsor of 14 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

Fulbright sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (48%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Arts, Culture, Religion (12%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1945 to Dec 1974, Fulbright missed 1,604 of 7,291 roll call votes, which is 22.0%. This is much worse than the median of 13.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1974. 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: