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Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Representative for California’s 47th District

pronounced A-lun // LOH-wun-thawl

Lowenthal is the representative for California’s 47th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Lowenthal is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 21, 2020, Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] will be casting Lowenthal’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Lowenthal.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lowenthal is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Lowenthal has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 25, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Alan Lowenthal sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lowenthal was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Lowenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (38%) Animals (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Energy (12%) Environmental Protection (8%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lowenthal voted Nay

Passed 393/13 on Apr 27, 2018.

H.R. 4 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for five years. Title I removes obsolete restrictions on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) allowing airports to more ...

Lowenthal voted Yea

Passed 303/121 on Oct 7, 2015.

Lowenthal 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. ...

Lowenthal voted Nay

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 ...

Lowenthal voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Lowenthal voted Nay

Lowenthal voted No

Lowenthal voted Nay

Lowenthal voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2020, Lowenthal missed 125 of 4,646 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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