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Sen. James “Jim” Talent

Former Senator for Missouri

Talent, a Republican, was a senator from Missouri from 2002 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district (1993-2000).

Photo of Sen. James “Jim” Talent [R-MO, 2002-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Talent is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2006 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 Talent sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Talent was the primary sponsor of 10 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

Talent sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (28%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Environmental Protection (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Commerce (7%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2006, Talent missed 11 of 1,320 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. 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: