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Sen. John Tower

Former Senator for Texas

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

Photo of Sen. John Tower [R-TX, 1961-1984]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tower is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1984 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 Tower sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Tower was the primary sponsor of 11 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 about one third or more 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

Tower sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: