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Sen. Theodore Bilbo

Former Senator for Mississippi

Bilbo was a senator from Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1935 to 1946.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Bilbo faced allegations of campaign irregularities, voter intimidation against African-American voters and corruption. In 1946, the Senate established a special committee to investigate election practices in the 1946 MS senate election and separately had the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program also investigate Bilbo. On Aug. 21, 1947, while fellow white supremacist senators from Southern states filibustered an attempt to expel Bilbo, the discussion was tabled so Bilbo could receive treatment for cancer of the mouth. He died on August 21, 1947 and no formal action was ever taken.

1946 Senate established a special committee to investigate election practices in the 1946 MS senate election and separately had the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program also investigate Bilbo
Aug. 21, 1947 While fellow white supremacist senators from Southern states filibustered an attempt to expel Bilbo, the discussion was tabled so Bilbo could receive treatment for cancer of the mouth. He died on August 21, 1947 and no formal action was ever taken.
Photo of Sen. Theodore Bilbo [D-MS, 1935-1946]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1935 to Aug 1946, Bilbo missed 254 of 1,289 roll call votes, which is 19.7%. This is worse than the median of 13.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1946. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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