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Sen. John Culver

Former Senator for Iowa

Culver was a senator from Iowa and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1974.

Photo of Sen. John Culver [D-IA, 1975-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Culver is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Culver sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Culver was the primary sponsor of 12 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

Culver sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Environmental Protection (20%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Private Legislation (12%) Taxation (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Commerce (6%) International Affairs (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 1980, Culver missed 414 of 3,521 roll call votes, which is 11.8%. This is on par with the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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: