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Sen. John Johnston Jr.

Former Senator from Louisiana, Democrat

Johnston, a Democrat, was a senator from Louisiana from 1972 to 1996.

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Johnston sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Johnston is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Johnston was the primary sponsor of 46 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 about one third or more 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.

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Primary Sources

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