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Rep. Raymond “Ray” Thornton Jr.

Former Representative from Arkansas’s 2nd District, Democrat

Thornton, a Democrat, was the representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district from 1991 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas's 4th congressional district (1973-1978).

Photo of Rep. Raymond “Ray” Thornton [D-AR2, 1991-1996]


Our unique analysis of the bills Thornton 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). Thornton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Thornton was the primary sponsor of 3 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

Thornton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (20%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Law (16%) Education (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Social Welfare (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Sep 1996, Thornton missed 761 of 7,285 roll call votes, which is 10.4%. This is much 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: