skip to main content

Sen. Lloyd Bentsen

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 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 from Jan 25, 1989 to Dec 1, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bentsen was the primary sponsor of 47 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

View All »

Does 47 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

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bentsen recently introduced the following legislation:

View All » | View Cosponsors »

Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1992, Bentsen missed 1,127 of 9,969 roll call votes, which is 11.3%. This is much worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. 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.

Show the numbers...

Primary Sources

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