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Sen. James Sasser

Former Senator for Tennessee

Sasser was a senator from Tennessee and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1994.

Photo of Sen. James Sasser [D-TN, 1977-1994]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sasser is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Sasser sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 25, 1989 to Dec 1, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sasser was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 25 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

Sasser sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (22%) Health (14%) Taxation (12%) Environmental Protection (8%) Education (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Agriculture and Food (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 1994, Sasser missed 342 of 7,289 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1994. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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