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Rep. Bennie Thompson

Representative for Mississippi’s 2nd District

pronounced BE-nee // TOMP-sun

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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Thompson has cosponsored 7 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.

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
Photo of Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Thompson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 3, 2017 to Jun 21, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 82% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 64% The Club for Growth: 7%

Committee Membership

Bennie Thompson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Thompson was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Thompson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (31%) Emergency Management (25%) Transportation and Public Works (19%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Immigration (6%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Thompson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Thompson voted Nay

Passed 220/210 on Mar 3, 2021.

Thompson voted Nay

Passed 403/3 on Apr 18, 2018.

H.R. 2905 will require the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on efforts to combat identity theft, including by ...

Thompson voted Nay

Thompson voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Thompson voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Thompson voted No

Thompson voted Aye

Thompson voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Apr 1993 to Jun 2021, Thompson missed 743 of 18,162 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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.

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Primary Sources

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