Rep. Joseph Waggonner Jr.

Former Representative from Louisiana’s 4th District, Democrat

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Waggonner sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Waggonner is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

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%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

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

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