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Sen. James Sanford

Former Senator from North Carolina, Democrat

Sanford, a Democrat, was a senator from North Carolina from 1986 to 1992.

Photo of Sen. James Sanford [D-NC, 1986-1992]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1992. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sanford is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Sanford was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

Sanford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Taxation (10%) Education (8%) Environmental Protection (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Oct 1992, Sanford missed 143 of 1,987 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. 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: