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Sen. Jeremiah Denton Jr.

Former Senator for Alabama

Denton was a senator from Alabama and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. Jeremiah Denton [R-AL, 1981-1986]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Denton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Denton sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Denton was the primary sponsor of 15 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 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

Denton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Families (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) International Affairs (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (10%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1986, Denton missed 159 of 2,368 roll call votes, which is 6.7%. This is on par with the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. 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: