Sen. John Tower

Former Senator from Texas, Republican

Tower, a Republican, was a senator from Texas from 1961 to 1984.



Our unique analysis of the bills Tower sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Tower is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Tower was the primary sponsor of 10 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

Tower sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Private Legislation (18%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Education (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Taxation (9%) Immigration (8%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1961 to Oct 1984, Tower missed 1,861 of 9,887 roll call votes, which is 18.8%. This is much worse than the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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