Sen. John Sparkman

Former Senator from Alabama, Democrat

Sparkman, a Democrat, was a senator from Alabama from 1949 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Alabama (1947-1950); a senator from Alabama (1946-1948); and the representative for Alabama's 8th congressional district (1937-1946).



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)

Enacted Legislation

Sparkman was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

Missed Votes

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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