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Sen. Strom Thurmond

Former Senator for South Carolina

Thurmond was a senator from South Carolina and was most recently a Republican (1964-2002) and previously a Democrat (1956-1964). He served from 1956 to 2002.

He was previously a senator from South Carolina as a Democrat from 1955 to 1956.

Photo of Sen. Strom Thurmond [R-SC, 1956-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Thurmond is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2002 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 Thurmond sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Thurmond was the primary sponsor of 95 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

Thurmond sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (29%) Commerce (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Law (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Education (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1955 to Nov 2002, Thurmond missed 823 of 17,104 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. 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: