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).



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)

2014 Statistics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Johnson for more statistics.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Johnson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (31%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (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

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

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