Sen. Jesse Helms [R]

Former Senator from North Carolina

Elected Positions:

Dates Title State / District
1973-2002 Senator North Carolina

Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Helms is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Helms sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (26%) Environmental Protection (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) International Affairs (12%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Law (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1973 to Nov 2002, Helms missed 834 of 12,574 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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