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Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Former Representative for California’s 18th District

Cardoza was the representative for California’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D-CA18, 2003-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cardoza is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Cardoza sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cardoza was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Cardoza sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Housing and Community Development (13%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Commerce (10%) Families (9%) Social Welfare (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cardoza voted Not Voting

Cardoza voted Aye

Cardoza voted Nay

Cardoza voted Aye

Cardoza voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Cardoza voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Aug 2012, Cardoza missed 546 of 7,469 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 2012. 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

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