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Sen. John Breaux

Former Senator for Louisiana

Breaux was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. John Breaux [D-LA, 1987-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Breaux is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 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 Breaux sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 8, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Breaux was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 32 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

Breaux sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (18%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Taxation (13%) Law (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Breaux recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2004, Breaux missed 122 of 6,222 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. 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: