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Rep. Bennie Thompson’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Mississippi's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Apr 13, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Thompson’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Thompson’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Was 22nd most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Thompson missed 4.7% of votes (33 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thompson introduced 6 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 251: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program ...; H.R. 424: Department of Homeland Security Clearance ...; H.R. 1433: Department of Homeland Security Morale, ...; H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against ...; H.R. 3106: Domestic and International Terrorism DATA ...; H.R. 4782: National Commission on Online Platforms ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 29th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 395 bills that Thompson cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

8 of Thompson’s bills and resolutions in 2019 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 251: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program ...; H.R. 424: Department of Homeland Security Clearance ...; H.R. 1140: Rights for Transportation Security Officers ...; H.R. 2660: Election Security Act of 2019; H.R. 3106: Domestic and International Terrorism DATA ...; H.R. 3628: Motor Carriers Accountability Act; H.R. 3731: Strategic and Humane Southern Border ...; H.R. 4782: National Commission on Online Platforms ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 43rd most liberal compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Ranked the 46th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 50th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Thompson’s bills and resolutions had 588 cosponsors in 2019. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives

Thompson cosponsored 395 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Thompson introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 251: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Thompson introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Thompson’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 356: Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Thompson’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Thompson caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Thompson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.