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Rep. Jamie Whitten

Former Representative for Mississippi’s 1st District

Whitten was the representative for Mississippi’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1941 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Whitten is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Whitten sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Whitten was the primary sponsor of 107 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 107 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

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.

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: