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Sen. William Brock III

Former Senator for Tennessee

Brock was a senator from Tennessee and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 1963 to 1970.

Photo of Sen. William Brock III [R-TN, 1971-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brock is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 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 Brock sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brock was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Brock sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (33%) Taxation (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Education (10%) Health (10%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Brock recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1976, Brock missed 641 of 3,404 roll call votes, which is 18.8%. This is worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. 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: