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Sen. Samuel Ervin Jr.

Former Senator from North Carolina, Democrat

Ervin, a Democrat, was a senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974.

He was previously the representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district (1945-1946).

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


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1974. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ervin is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Ervin was the primary sponsor of 7 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

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%) Armed Forces and National Security (3%)

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.

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Primary Sources

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