Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr.

Former Representative from California’s 20th District, Republican

Goldwater, a Republican, was the representative for California's 20th congressional district from 1975 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for California's 27th congressional district (1969-1974).


Our unique analysis of the bills Goldwater 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 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Goldwater is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Goldwater sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Taxation (16%) Social Welfare (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Private Legislation (8%) Education (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From May 1969 to Dec 1982, Goldwater missed 1,660 of 7,048 roll call votes, which is 23.6%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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