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Sen. Warren Magnuson

Former Senator for Washington

Magnuson was a senator from Washington and was a Democrat. He served from 1944 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Washington’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1937 to 1944.

Photo of Sen. Warren Magnuson [D-WA, 1944-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Magnuson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1980 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 Magnuson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Magnuson was the primary sponsor of 51 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

Magnuson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (20%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Private Legislation (14%) Environmental Protection (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) International Affairs (7%) Water Resources Development (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1944 to Dec 1980, Magnuson missed 1,505 of 10,820 roll call votes, which is 13.9%. This is worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. 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: