Thompson, a Democrat, was the representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1955 to 1980.
Thompson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Thompson sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Thompson was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4774 (96th): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide that any employee who is a member of a religion or sect historically holding conscientious objection ...
- H.J.Res. 615 (96th): A joint resolution providing for appointment of David C. Acheson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.R. 8103 (96th): An act to rename the National Collection of Fine Arts and the Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution as the National Museum of American ...
- H.R. 7685 (96th): A bill to amend title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to postpone for one month the date on which the corporation must ...
- H.J.Res. 559 (96th): A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Murray Gell-Mann as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.J.Res. 558 (96th): A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of William A. M. Burden as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
- H.R. 7140 (96th): An act to amend Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to postpone for two months the date on which the Pension Benefit ...
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 about one third or more 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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Thompson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 615 (96th): A joint resolution providing for appointment of David C. Acheson as a ...
- H.R. 8103 (96th): An act to rename the National Collection of Fine Arts and the ...
- H.R. 7685 (96th): A bill to amend title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security ...
- H.R. 7619 (96th): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act with regard to ...
- H.R. 7518 (96th): Labor Statistic Respondent Privacy Protection Act of 1980
- H.J.Res. 559 (96th): A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Murray Gell-Mann as a ...
- H.J.Res. 558 (96th): A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of William A. M. Burden ...
From Jan 1955 to Dec 1980, Thompson missed 1,392 of 8,124 roll call votes, which is 17.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills