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Rep. Torbert Macdonald

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th District

Macdonald was the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1955 to 1962.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Macdonald 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 Macdonald sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Macdonald was the primary sponsor of 5 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

Macdonald sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (33%) Social Welfare (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Energy (10%) Taxation (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Sports and Recreation (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1955 to May 1976, Macdonald missed 962 of 4,864 roll call votes, which is 19.8%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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