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Rep. Leonor Sullivan

Former Representative for Missouri’s 3rd District

Sullivan was the representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1953 to 1976.

Photo of Rep. Leonor Sullivan [D-MO3, 1953-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sullivan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sullivan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Sullivan was the primary sponsor of 49 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 49 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Sullivan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (32%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sullivan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1953 to Oct 1976, Sullivan missed 734 of 5,455 roll call votes, which is 13.5%. This is worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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