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Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Former Representative for California’s 18th District

Cardoza, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 18th congressional district from 2003 to 2012.

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

Analysis

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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cardoza was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was 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 about one third or more 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%) Housing and Community Development (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Commerce (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cardoza’s Vote Vote Description
Not Voting H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Nay H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Passed 293/132.
Aye H.R. 3078 (112th): United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Passed 262/167.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 1575 (111th): End Government Reimbursement of Excessive Executive Disbursements (End GREED) Act
Apr 1, 2009. Failed 223/196.
No H.R. 7321 (110th): Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act
Dec 10, 2008. Passed 237/170.
Nay H.R. 7005 (110th): Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 393/30.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Not Voting H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Nay H.R. 249 (110th): To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.
Apr 26, 2007. Passed 277/137.

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. ProPublica has tracked 13 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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