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Rep. Bennie Thompson’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Mississippi's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Apr 13, 1993 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Thompson’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 17th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 712 bills that Thompson cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 17th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

Thompson introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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 …; H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against …; H.R. 3500: Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

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 10 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 1140: Rights for Transportation Security Officers …; H.R. 1433: Department of Homeland Security Morale, …; H.R. 1494: Historically Black Colleges and Universities …; H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against …; H.R. 3106: Domestic and International Terrorism DATA …; H.R. 3500: Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act; H.R. 4782: National Commission on Online Platforms …; H.R. 6160: To extend the chemical facility …

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


 

Ranked 37th most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 28th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 24 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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 …; H.R. 2861: American Red Cross Transparency Act …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Thompson’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress 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 …; H.R. 6160: To extend the chemical facility …; H.R. 6455: COVID-19 Commission Act; H.R. 8791: DHS Reform Act of 2020

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 48th most bills compared to All Representatives

Thompson cosponsored 712 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 (87th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Introduced the 45th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

Thompson introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 56th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Thompson’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Thompson caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 81st 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got the 83rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Thompson’s bills and resolutions had 656 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. 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 (72nd percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

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 (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thompson missed 4.1% of votes (39 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 the 116th Congress) 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.