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Sen. John Johnston Jr.

Former Senator for Louisiana

Johnston was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1972 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. John Johnston [D-LA, 1972-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Johnston is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 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 Johnston sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Johnston was the primary sponsor of 46 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 46 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

Johnston sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (20%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Energy (13%) Environmental Protection (11%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Law (6%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1996, Johnston missed 890 of 10,657 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. 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: