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Sen. John Pastore

Former Senator for Rhode Island

Pastore, a Democrat, was a senator from Rhode Island from 1950 to 1976.

Photo of Sen. John Pastore [D-RI, 1950-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pastore is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Pastore sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Pastore was the primary sponsor of 20 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

Pastore sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Energy (28%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Private Legislation (9%) International Affairs (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (4%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Oct 1976, Pastore missed 868 of 8,110 roll call votes, which is 10.7%. This is on par with the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. 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: