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Sen. Trent Lott

Former Senator for Mississippi

Lott was a senator from Mississippi and was a Republican. He served from 1989 to 2007.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1988.

Photo of Sen. Trent Lott [R-MS, 1989-2007]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lott is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 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 Lott sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lott 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 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

Lott sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Transportation and Public Works (13%) Commerce (12%) Law (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Taxation (9%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lott’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Yea S. 5 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007
Apr 11, 2007. Bill Passed 63/34.
Yea 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 1989 to Dec 2007, Lott missed 176 of 6,510 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2007. 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: