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Sen. John Boozman

Senator for Arkansas

pronounced jon // BOHZ-mun

Boozman is the senior senator from Arkansas and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Boozman is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 2001 to 2010.

Photo of Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Boozman.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boozman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Boozman has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 30, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 90% The Club for Growth: 69% League of Conservation Voters: 7% American Civil Liberties Union: 0% Human Rights Campaign: 0% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John Boozman sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Boozman was the primary sponsor of 23 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 23 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

Boozman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (36%) International Affairs (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Health (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Taxation (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Boozman voted Nay

Boozman voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 72/26 on Jan 16, 2014.

This is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the bill that set the federal budget for fiscal year 2014. The bill began as the Space ...

Boozman voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Boozman voted Yea

Boozman voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Jul 2021, Boozman missed 87 of 3,253 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. 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: