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Rep. William “Bill” Thomas

Former Representative for California’s 22nd District

Thomas was the representative for California’s 22nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for California’s 21st congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; the representative for California’s 20th congressional district as a Republican from 1983 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 18th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. William “Bill” Thomas [R-CA22, 2003-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Thomas is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Thomas sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Thomas was the primary sponsor of 29 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 29 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

Thomas sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Taxation (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Law (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Commerce (11%) Social Welfare (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Thomas recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Dec 2006, Thomas missed 958 of 14,953 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: