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Sen. John McClellan

Former Senator from Arkansas, Democrat

McClellan, a Democrat, was a senator from Arkansas from 1943 to 1977.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas's 6th congressional district (1935-1938).

Photo of Sen. John McClellan [D-AR, 1943-1977]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). McClellan is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

McClellan was the primary sponsor of 14 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

McClellan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Law (19%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Private Legislation (11%) International Affairs (6%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1943 to Feb 1978, McClellan missed 1,391 of 9,455 roll call votes, which is 14.7%. This is worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1978. 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: