Bilbray, a Republican, was the representative for California's 50th congressional district from 2006 to 2012.
He was previously the representative for California's 49th congressional district (1995-2000).
Bilbray is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Bilbray sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Bilbray was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5334 (112th): To amend chapter V of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to expedite the development and review of breakthrough therapies.
- H.R. 3270 (112th): America’s Cup Act of 2011
- H.R. 999 (106th): Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000
- H.R. 15 (106th): Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999
- H.R. 8 (105th): Border Smog Reduction Act of 1998
- H.R. 1787 (104th): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to repeal the saccharin notice requirement.
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 about one third or more 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).
Bilbray sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (25%) Taxation (14%) Energy (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Bilbray’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6502 (112th): Life-Threatening Diseases Compassion through Combination Therapy Act of 2012
- H.R. 6503 (112th): Clean Fuels Innovation Act of 2012
- H.R. 6288 (112th): Patient Choice Act of 2012
- H.Res. 705 (112th): Expressing support for the designation of a “Buy American Week”.
- H.R. 5716 (112th): Melanoma Research Act of 2012
- H.R. 5556 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on hybrid golf club heads.
- H.R. 5554 (112th): To reduce temporarily the duty on golf club putter heads.
|Bilbray’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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H.Res. 989 (111th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and ...
Jun 9, 2010. Failed 241/170.
H.Con.Res. 214 (111th): Providing for an adjournment or recess of the two Houses.
Nov 18, 2009. Passed 243/166.
H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
H.R. 6707 (110th): Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act
Sep 27, 2008. Failed 243/175.
H.R. 6578 (110th): Consumer Energy Supply Act of 2008
Jul 24, 2008. Failed 268/157.
H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
H.R. 1 (110th): Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
Jul 27, 2007. Passed 371/40.
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H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
From Jan 1995 to Jan 2013, Bilbray missed 387 of 9,165 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 1 explanation for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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