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Sen. Fred Thompson

Former Senator from Tennessee, Republican

Thompson, a Republican, was a senator from Tennessee from 1994 to 2002.

Photo of Sen. Fred Thompson [R-TN, 1994-2002]


Our unique analysis of the bills Thompson sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Thompson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Thompson was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Thompson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (25%) Law (17%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Commerce (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Taxation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Nov 2002, Thompson missed 33 of 2,836 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: