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Sen. John East

Former Senator for North Carolina

East was a senator from North Carolina and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. John East [R-NC, 1981-1986]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

East is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 East sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

East was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

East sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Law (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

East recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Jul 1986, East missed 268 of 2,169 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1986. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: