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Sen. Tim Johnson

Former Senator from South Dakota, Democrat

Johnson, a Democrat, was a senator from South Dakota from 1997 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's at-large district (1993-1996); and the representative for South Dakota's 1st congressional district (1987-1992).

Photo of Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Johnson.

Sponsorship Analysis

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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Johnson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Johnson was the primary sponsor of 28 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 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

Johnson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (31%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) International Affairs (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Water Resources Development (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Johnson’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay On the Nomination PN1777: Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Dec 4, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 3370 (113th): Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
Mar 13, 2014. Bill Passed 72/22.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay H.R. 627 (111th): Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009
May 19, 2009. Bill Passed 90/5.
The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, or Credit CARD Act of 2009, is a federal statute passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009. It is comprehensive credit card reform legislation that aims ...
Nay H.R. 1424 (110th): Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 74/25.
This is the Senate's October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called "vehicle" to pass the relief bill ...
Yea On the Nomination PN2: Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
Oct 24, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 59/38.
Not Voting On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2014, Johnson missed 402 of 5,733 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. 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: