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Rep. Thomas Ashley

Former Representative for Ohio’s 9th District

Ashley, a Democrat, was the representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district from 1955 to 1980.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ashley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ashley sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ashley was the primary sponsor of 11 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

Ashley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Housing and Community Development (34%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Social Welfare (9%) Energy (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1955 to Dec 1980, Ashley missed 1,082 of 8,124 roll call votes, which is 13.3%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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: