How many Republican Senators voted yes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?I am interested in knowing how many senators of each of the party supported the civil rights acts (1960, 1964 and 1968)
Very good question. Here's how the votes tallied:
In the House of Representatives, the vote was 152 Democrats for, 96 against; 138 Republicans for, 34 against. That is, 61% of the Democrats and 80% of the Republican members of Congress voted to pass the bill.
In the Senate, 46 Democrats voted for and 21 against; 27 Republicans voted for, and only 6 voted against the bill. That makes 69% of the Dems and 82% of the Repubs senators voted to pass the law.
Wikipedia breaks the votes down further into party and region, and that's where the numbers get very telling:
The original House version:
- Southern Democrats: 7-87 (7%-93%)
- Southern Republicans: 0-10 (0%-100%)
- Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%-6%)
- Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%-15%)
The Senate version:
- Southern Democrats: 1-20 (5%-95%)
- Southern Republicans: 0-1 (0%-100%)
- Northern Democrats: 45-1 (98%-2%)
- Northern Republicans: 27-5 (84%-16%)
It's interesting that the one northern Democrat senator who voted against the bill is still in the Senate: Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
These numbers represent the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Visit the links below for more information.