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Rep. Jamie Whitten

Former Representative from Mississippi’s 1st District, Democrat

Whitten, a Democrat, was the representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district from 1973 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district (1941-1972).


Our unique analysis of the bills Whitten sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Whitten is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Whitten was the primary sponsor of 107 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

Whitten sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (30%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Environmental Protection (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Health (9%) Housing and Community Development (9%) International Affairs (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Nov 1941 to Nov 1994, Whitten missed 1,509 of 15,863 roll call votes, which is 9.5%. This is much worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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: