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.
Thornton was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 201 (103rd): Designating the beach at 53 degrees 53 minutes 51 seconds north, 166 degrees 34 minutes 15 seconds west to 53 degrees 53 minutes 48 seconds north, 166 ...
- H.R. 8508 (94th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to release restrictions on the use of certain property conveyed to the city of Camden, Ark., for airport purposes.
- H.R. 2455 (93rd): A bill to amend the Emergency Loan program under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, and for other purposes.
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).
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%)
Some of Thornton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 1926 (104th): Flag Protection Act of 1995
- H.R. 1109 (104th): Capital Budgeting Act of 1995
- H.J.Res. 65 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit ...
- H.R. 661 (104th): Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2
- H.J.Res. 53 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for a balanced budget ...
- H.J.Res. 201 (103rd): Designating the beach at 53 degrees 53 minutes 51 seconds north, 166 ...
- H.R. 484 (103rd): Capital Budgeting Act of 1993
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills