Sen. Larry Pressler

Former Senator from South Dakota, Republican

Pressler, a Republican, was a senator from South Dakota from 1979 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's 1st congressional district (1975-1978).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Pressler is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Pressler was the primary sponsor of 15 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

Pressler sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Commerce (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Law (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1996, Pressler missed 467 of 7,052 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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