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Rep. Diane Watson

Former Representative for California’s 33rd District

Watson, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 33rd congressional district from 2003 to 2010.

She was previously the representative for California's 32nd congressional district (2001-2002).

Photo of Rep. Diane Watson [D-CA33, 2003-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Watson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Watson sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

Watson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (20%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Education (14%) Health (11%) Arts, Culture, Religion (11%) Sports and Recreation (10%) Commerce (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Watson’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.R. 6707 (110th): Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act
Sep 27, 2008. Failed 243/175.
Not Voting 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.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jun 2001 to Dec 2010, Watson missed 416 of 6,808 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. ProPublica has tracked 1 explanation for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: