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Rep. Mike Thompson’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from California's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Thompson’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Thompson caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 4th 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 California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Thompson’s bills and resolutions had 1,322 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 California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 578: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 925: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act; H.R. 945: Mental Health Access Improvement Act ...; H.R. 1992: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity ...; H.R. 2086: Access Technology Affordability Act of ...; H.R. 3249: Financing Our Energy Future Act; H.R. 3370: Refuge System Protection Act; H.R. 3961: Renewable Energy Extension Act of ...; H.R. 4070: Commonsense Reporting Act of 2019; H.R. 4932: CONNECT for Health Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Thompson introduced 37 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

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.Res. 171: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 371: Recognizing the 10th anniversary of ...; H.Res. 628: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of ...; H.R. 806: Portable Fuel Container Safety Act ...; H.R. 945: Mental Health Access Improvement Act ...; H.R. 1289: Preserving Home and Office Numbers ...; H.R. 3589: Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 31st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thompson introduced 5 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of ...; H.R. 806: Portable Fuel Container Safety Act ...; H.R. 925: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act; H.R. 3301: Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax ...; H.R. 3589: Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal ...

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (87th 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. 3301: Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax ...

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); 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.


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thompson cosponsored 273 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 California Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 273 bills that Thompson cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thompson missed 2.6% of votes (18 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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.


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.