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Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr.

Former Representative for California’s 20th District

Goldwater was the representative for California’s 20th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for California’s 27th congressional district as a Republican from 1969 to 1974.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goldwater is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Goldwater sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Goldwater 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

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

Missed Votes

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.

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: