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Sen. James Fulbright

Former Senator from Arkansas, Democrat

Fulbright, a Democrat, was a senator from Arkansas from 1945 to 1974.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas's 3rd congressional district (1943-1944).

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Fulbright sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1974. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Fulbright is shown as a purple triangle. (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 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

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: