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Rep. Raymond “Ray” Thornton

Former Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd District

Thornton was the representative for Arkansas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1991 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1978.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Thornton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Thornton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Thornton was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Education (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Thornton recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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