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Rep. Joseph Waggonner Jr.

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 4th District

Waggonner, a Democrat, was the representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district from 1961 to 1978.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Waggonner is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Waggonner sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Waggonner was the primary sponsor of 8 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

Waggonner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (23%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Labor and Employment (16%) Social Welfare (15%) Law (8%) International Affairs (8%) Education (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1962 to Oct 1978, Waggonner missed 400 of 6,209 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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: