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Sen. John Stennis

Former Senator for Mississippi

Stennis was a senator from Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1947 to 1988.

Photo of Sen. John Stennis [D-MS, 1947-1988]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stennis is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1988 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 Stennis sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Stennis was the primary sponsor of 21 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 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

Stennis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (33%) Labor and Employment (13%) Immigration (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Nov 1947 to Oct 1988, Stennis missed 1,916 of 13,605 roll call votes, which is 14.1%. This is much worse than the median of 5.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1988. 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: