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Sen. Russell Long

Former Senator for Louisiana

Long was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1948 to 1986.

Photo of Sen. Russell Long [D-LA, 1948-1986]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Long is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Long sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Long was the primary sponsor of 13 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

Long sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (35%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (30%) Labor and Employment (15%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Oct 1986, Long missed 1,905 of 12,688 roll call votes, which is 15.0%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1986. 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: