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Rep. Thomas Railsback

Former Representative from Illinois’s 19th District, Republican

Railsback, a Republican, was the representative for Illinois's 19th congressional district from 1967 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. Thomas Railsback [R-IL19, 1967-1982]


Our unique analysis of the bills Railsback 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 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Railsback is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Railsback was the primary sponsor of 4 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

Railsback sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Taxation (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Law (10%) Commerce (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Arts, Culture, Religion (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1967 to Dec 1982, Railsback missed 1,104 of 7,549 roll call votes, which is 14.6%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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: