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.
Magnuson was the primary sponsor of 51 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2549 (96th): An act to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 1981, 1982, and 1983 for the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975, and for other purposes.
- S. 2543 (96th): A bill to extend the appropriation authorization for the Commercial Fisheries Research and Development Act of 1964, as amended.
- S. 917 (96th): A bill to authorize appropriations to carry out the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 during fiscal years 1980, 1981, and 1982, and for other purposes.
- S. 579 (95th): A bill for the relief of Imelda C. Jayag Potter.
- S. 1185 (95th): Interstate Horse Racing Act
- S. 682 (95th): Port and Tanker Safety Act
- S. 2380 (95th): A bill to amend the Intervention on the High Seas Act to implement the Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Marine Pollution ...
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).
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%)
Some of Magnuson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3183 (96th): A bill to amend chapter 32 of Title 15 U.S.C. and to ...
- S. 3153 (96th): A bill to provide for the removal of Jones Island in the ...
- S. 3001 (96th): Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Act
- S. 2947 (96th): A bill for the relief of Elias Pereira De Lima.
- S. 2914 (96th): A bill for the relief of Kai-Mee Chen.
- S. 2819 (96th): A bill to amend section 13 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards ...
- S. 2800 (96th): A bill to provide for full insurance for deposits of public funds ...
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 and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills