Rep. Torbert Macdonald

Former Representative from Massachusetts’s 7th District, Democrat

Macdonald, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district from 1963 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district (1955-1962).


Our unique analysis of the bills Macdonald 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 1976. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Macdonald is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

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

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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