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Sen. Samuel Ervin Jr.

Former Senator for North Carolina

Ervin was a senator from North Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1954 to 1974.

He was previously the representative for North Carolina’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1945 to 1946.

Photo of Sen. Samuel Ervin [D-NC, 1954-1974]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ervin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1974 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 Ervin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ervin was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Ervin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (31%) Private Legislation (19%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Law (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1954 to Dec 1974, Ervin missed 577 of 5,891 roll call votes, which is 9.8%. This is better than the median of 13.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1974. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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