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Rep. Gillespie “Sonny” Montgomery

Former Representative from Mississippi’s 3rd District, Democrat

Montgomery, a Democrat, was the representative for Mississippi's 3rd congressional district from 1973 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi's 4th congressional district (1967-1972).

Photo of Rep. Gillespie “Sonny” Montgomery [D-MS3, 1973-1996]


Our unique analysis of the bills Montgomery sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Montgomery is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Montgomery was the primary sponsor of 47 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Montgomery sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (46%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Health (12%) Education (9%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Sep 1996, Montgomery missed 684 of 14,582 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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: