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Rep. Thomas Ridge

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 21st District

Ridge was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 21st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. Thomas Ridge [R-PA21, 1983-1994]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ridge 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 Ridge sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ridge was the primary sponsor of 2 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 at least about half 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

Ridge sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (19%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (19%) Housing and Community Development (16%) Environmental Protection (16%) Taxation (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Labor and Employment (6%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Nov 1994, Ridge missed 468 of 5,693 roll call votes, which is 8.2%. This is much 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: