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Rep. John Spratt Jr.

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 5th District

Spratt was the representative for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. John Spratt [D-SC5, 1983-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Spratt is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Spratt sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Spratt was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Spratt sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (36%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Education (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Taxation (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Dec 2010, Spratt missed 455 of 16,396 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: