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Rep. Thomas Downing

Former Representative for Virginia’s 1st District

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

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Downing is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Downing sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Downing was the primary sponsor of 6 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

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

Missed Votes

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

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