Sen. James “Jim” Talent

Former Senator from Missouri, Republican

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).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Talent is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Talent was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

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