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Rep. Charles Diggs

Former Representative for Michigan’s 13th District

Diggs was the representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1955 to 1980.


In October 1978, Diggs was convicted of taking kickbacks. He was re-elected the next month, but on July 31, 1979, the House of Representatives censured him in a 414-0 vote and in 1980 he resigned after losing the criminal appeal.

October 1978 Convicted on charges that he had taken kickbacks from three of his Congressional employees.
Nov. 7, 1978 Re-elected after conviction.
Jul. 31, 1979 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended censure, 11-0
Jul. 31, 1979 House of Representatives censured, 414-0
Jun. 3, 1980 Resigned after losing criminal appeal.
Photo of Rep. Charles Diggs [D-MI13, 1955-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Diggs is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Diggs sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Diggs was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 22 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

Diggs sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Law (21%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) International Affairs (13%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Taxation (9%) Education (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Diggs 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 May 1980, Diggs missed 2,741 of 7,778 roll call votes, which is 35.2%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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