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Rep. Thomas Foley

Former Representative for Washington’s 5th District

Foley, a Democrat, was the representative for Washington's 5th congressional district from 1965 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. Thomas Foley [D-WA5, 1965-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Foley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Foley sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Foley was the primary sponsor of 47 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

Foley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) International Affairs (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Native Americans (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Nov 1994, Foley missed 801 of 10,854 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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: