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Sen. Paul Tsongas

Former Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat

Tsongas, a Democrat, was a senator from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1984.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district (1975-1978).

Photo of Sen. Paul Tsongas [D-MA, 1979-1984]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Tsongas is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Tsongas was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Tsongas sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (20%) Immigration (17%) International Affairs (14%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (14%) Labor and Employment (11%) Education (10%) Energy (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Oct 1984, Tsongas missed 278 of 2,682 roll call votes, which is 10.4%. This is worse than the median of 6.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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