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Rep. Bernice Sisk

Former Representative for California’s 15th District

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.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Sisk was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Housing and Community Development (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sisk recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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