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Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Jr.

Former Senator for Texas

Bentsen was a senator from Texas and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1993.

He was previously the representative for Texas’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1947 to 1954.

Photo of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen [D-TX, 1971-1993]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bentsen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1994 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 Bentsen sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bentsen was the primary sponsor of 47 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 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

Bentsen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Health (20%) Taxation (14%) Social Welfare (12%) Environmental Protection (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Education (8%) Private Legislation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Primary Sources

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