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Rep. Christopher Cox

Former Representative for California’s 48th District

Cox was the representative for California’s 48th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2005.

He was previously the representative for California’s 47th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; and the representative for California’s 40th congressional district as a Republican from 1989 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Christopher Cox [R-CA48, 2003-2005]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cox is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Cox sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cox was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Cox sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Taxation (15%) Commerce (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) International Affairs (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cox recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Jul 2005, Cox missed 681 of 9,369 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 2005. 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: