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Sen. John McClellan

Former Senator for Arkansas

McClellan was a senator from Arkansas and was a Democrat. He served from 1943 to 1977.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1935 to 1938.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McClellan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 McClellan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McClellan was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

McClellan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recently Introduced Bills

McClellan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

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: