Thompson is the representative for Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Apr 13, 1993. Thompson is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2009 Thompson was investigated for receiving impermissible travel gifts. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Thompson did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts.
|Jun. 8, 2009||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Feb. 26, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Thompson did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts|
Read our 2019 Report Card for Thompson.
Thompson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Thompson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 27, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Bennie Thompson sits on the following committees:
Thompson was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019
- H.R. 251: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act
- H.R. 1204 (113th): Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2014
- H.R. 2898 (113th): Division Realignment Act of 2013
- H.R. 5512 (112th): Divisional Realignment Act of 2012
- H.R. 3772 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the “First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office ...
- H.R. 1072 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 95 Dogwood Street in Cary, Mississippi, as the “Spencer Byrd Powers, Jr. Post Office”.
Does 12 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).
Thompson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Emergency Management (29%) Transportation and Public Works (27%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Immigration (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (4%) Education (4%)
Some of Thompson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6455: COVID-19 Commission Act
- H.R. 6160: To extend the chemical facility anti-terrorism standards program of the Department of Homeland ...
- H.R. 4782: National Commission on Online Platforms and Homeland Security Act
- H.R. 3731: Strategic and Humane Southern Border Migrant Response Act
- H.R. 3628: Motor Carriers Accountability Act
- H.R. 3500: Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act
- H.R. 3488: Coast Guard Academy Improvement Act
From Apr 1993 to Oct 2020, Thompson missed 743 of 17,953 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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