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Rep. Tom MacArthur

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 3rd District

pronounced tom // muh-KAHR-ther

MacArthur was the representative for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2015 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3, 2015-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for MacArthur.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

MacArthur is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills MacArthur sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

MacArthur was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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

MacArthur sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (21%) Health (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Emergency Management (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

MacArthur recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

MacArthur voted No

Passed 239/173 on Jan 10, 2018.

The Rules Committee Print includes the text of S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify …

MacArthur voted No

Passed 216/204 on Nov 30, 2017.

H.R. 3905 would require Congressional approval for mineral withdrawal and monument designation in National Forest System lands in the Minnesota. The bill would also allow …

MacArthur voted Nay

Passed 216/212 on Oct 26, 2017.

H. Con. Res. 71 establishes the budget for fiscal year 2018 and the budget levels for fiscal years 2019-2027. Specifically, the resolution sets overall discretionary …

MacArthur voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

MacArthur voted No

Passed 229/197 on May 2, 2017.

H.R. 1180 amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give private-sector employees the option of selecting compensatory time off in lieu of cash for …

MacArthur voted Nay

Passed 227/198 on Jan 13, 2017.

It’s no secret that the President and congressional Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Their main method of preparing …

MacArthur voted Nay

MacArthur voted Nay

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

MacArthur voted Aye

MacArthur voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

MacArthur voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2018, MacArthur missed 33 of 2,535 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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