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Sen. Jennings Randolph

Former Senator for West Virginia

Randolph was a senator from West Virginia and was a Democrat. He served from 1958 to 1984.

He was previously the representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1933 to 1946.

Photo of Sen. Jennings Randolph [D-WV, 1958-1984]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Randolph is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Randolph sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 12, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Randolph was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 28 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

Randolph sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (26%) Environmental Protection (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Immigration (12%) Water Resources Development (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Randolph recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1984, Randolph missed 766 of 10,385 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is on par with the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. 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: