Bell, a Republican, was the representative for California's 27th congressional district from 1975 to 1976.
He was previously the representative for California's 28th congressional district (1963-1974); and the representative for California's 16th congressional district (1961-1962).
Bell 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 Bell sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Bell was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7832 (94th): An Act for the relief of Mrs. Janette Flores Byrne.
- H.R. 2399 (94th): A bill for the relief of Leonard Alfred Brownrigg.
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 about one third or more 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).
Bell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Animals (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Energy (12%) International Affairs (11%) Private Legislation (8%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)
Some of Bell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 780 (94th): A resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the Baltic ...
- H.R. 15662 (94th): A bill to authorize a study of the feasibility and desirability of ...
- H.R. 14851 (94th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to reimburse State ...
- H.J.Res. 955 (94th): Save the Whales Act
- H.R. 13721 (94th): A bill to amend the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973 to ...
- H.R. 13722 (94th): Earthquake Research and Preparedness Act
- H.R. 13603 (94th): Earthquake Research and Preparedness Act
From Jan 1961 to Oct 1976, Bell missed 1,241 of 4,786 roll call votes, which is 25.9%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills