Sen. John Sparkman [D]

Former Senator from Alabama

Elected Positions:

Dates Title State / District
1949-1978 Senator Alabama
1947-1950 Representative Alabama
1946-1948 Senator Alabama
1937-1946 Representative Alabama's 8th District

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Sparkman 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). Sparkman is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sparkman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (29%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Private Legislation (10%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1945 to Oct 1978, Sparkman missed 1,729 of 9,722 roll call votes, which is 17.8%. This is worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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