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Sen. Samuel Hayakawa

Former Senator for California

Hayakawa was a senator from California and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 1982.

Photo of Sen. Samuel Hayakawa [R-CA, 1977-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hayakawa is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1982 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 Hayakawa sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 23, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 6 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

Hayakawa sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (22%) Immigration (19%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) International Affairs (13%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Taxation (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hayakawa recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 1982, Hayakawa missed 333 of 3,176 roll call votes, which is 10.5%. This is worse than the median of 7.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1982. 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.

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Primary Sources

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