Sisk was the representative for California’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1978.
He was previously the representative for California’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1976; and the representative for California’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1955 to 1962.
Sisk is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Sisk sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Sisk was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1940 (95th): An Act for the relief of Dimitrios Panoutsopoulos, Angeliki Panoutsopoulos, and Georgios Panoutsopoulos.
- H.R. 1938 (95th): A bill for the relief of Santos Marquez Arellano.
- H.R. 1939 (95th): A bill for the relief of Meda Abilay Florin.
- H.R. 2527 (95th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands in the Sierra National Forest, California, to the Madera Cemetery District.
- H.R. 4390 (95th): An Act to authorize appropriations for continuation of construction of distribution systems and drains on the San Luis Unit, Central Valley project, California, to mandate the extension ...
- H.R. 2411 (94th): A bill for the relief of Alinor Anvari Adams.
- H.R. 2502 (94th): A bill for the relief of Peter Olav Mesikepp.
Does 11 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).
Sisk sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Agriculture and Food (18%) Private Legislation (17%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Social Welfare (14%) Immigration (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Health (7%)
Some of Sisk’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1423 (95th): A resolution providing for the consideration of the bill H.R. 14104 to ...
- H.Res. 1367 (95th): A resolution providing for the consideration of the bill H.R. 13335 to ...
- H.R. 13749 (95th): A bill to amend Sec. (b) (10) (a) and (c), Agricultural Adjustment ...
- H.R. 13541 (95th): Perishable Food Protection Act
- H.Res. 1277 (95th): A resolution providing for the consideration of the bill H.R. 13385 to ...
- H.R. 13480 (95th): Farm Water Act
- H.Res. 1264 (95th): A resolution providing for the consideration of H.R. 11392, a bill to ...
From Jan 1955 to Oct 1978, Sisk missed 1,102 of 6,848 roll call votes, which is 16.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills