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Rep. Calvin “Cal” Dooley

Former Representative for California’s 20th District

Dooley was the representative for California’s 20th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for California’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 1991 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Calvin “Cal” Dooley [D-CA20, 1993-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dooley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Dooley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dooley 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

Dooley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Law (18%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Commerce (10%) Education (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Dooley recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2004, Dooley missed 455 of 8,012 roll call votes, which is 5.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. 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: