Rep. Thomas Downing

Former Representative from Virginia’s 1st District, Democrat

Downing, a Democrat, was the representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district from 1959 to 1976.


Our unique analysis of the bills Downing 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 1976. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Downing is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Downing sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Social Welfare (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Private Legislation (9%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1976, Downing missed 365 of 4,966 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is on par with the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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