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Rep. Clair Burgener

Former Representative for California’s 43rd District

Burgener was the representative for California’s 43rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for California’s 42nd congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1974.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burgener is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Burgener sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Burgener was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Burgener sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (17%) Private Legislation (15%) Taxation (15%) Health (13%) Immigration (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Labor and Employment (10%) Water Resources Development (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Burgener recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Dec 1982, Burgener missed 581 of 5,979 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is on par with the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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: