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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 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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Does 51 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Magnuson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: