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Sen. John Danforth

Former Senator for Missouri

Danforth was a senator from Missouri and was a Republican. He served from 1976 to 1994.

Photo of Sen. John Danforth [R-MO, 1976-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Danforth is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Danforth sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Danforth was the primary sponsor of 18 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

Danforth sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (33%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Taxation (11%) Health (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Law (7%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 1994, Danforth missed 235 of 7,289 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1994. 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: