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Rep. Anthony Coelho

Former Representative for California’s 15th District

Coelho was the representative for California’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1989.

Photo of Rep. Anthony Coelho [D-CA15, 1979-1989]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Coelho is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Coelho sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Coelho was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 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

Coelho sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Agriculture and Food (19%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Private Legislation (14%) Education (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Taxation (8%) Immigration (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Coelho 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 Jun 1989, Coelho missed 491 of 4,908 roll call votes, which is 10.0%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1989. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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