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Rep. Charles Wilson

Former Representative for California’s 31st District

Wilson was the representative for California’s 31st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1980.

Misconduct

On Apr. 24, 1980, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Wilson for accepting money from a person with direct interest in legislation; maintaining a person on payroll not performing duties commensurate with pay; personal use of campaign funds and recommended censure and denial of chairmanship, 10-2. On Jun. 3, 1980, Wilson was defeated in the primary. On Jun. 10, 1980, the House of Representatives agreed to an amendment deleting denial of chairmanship from sanction, 261-148; and censured Wilson by voice vote.

Apr. 24, 1980 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended censure and denial of chairmanship, 10-2
Jun. 3, 1980 Defeated in the primary.
Jun. 10, 1980 House of Representatives agreed to an amendment deleting denial of chairmanship from sanction, 261-148; and censured by voice vote

On Sep. 27, 1978, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Wilson for making a false statement on an answer to a Standards Committee questionnaire regarding the Korean Influence Investigation and recommended reprimand, 8-1. On Oct. 13, 1978, the House of Representatives reprimanded him, 329-41.

Sep. 27, 1978 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct conducted inquiry and recommended reprimand, 8-1
Oct. 13, 1978 House of Representatives reprimanded, 329-41

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wilson 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Wilson sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Wilson was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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

Wilson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (36%) Health (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Social Welfare (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Education (8%) Immigration (7%) Taxation (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Wilson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Wilson missed 2,193 of 7,362 roll call votes, which is 29.8%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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