He was previously the representative for California’s 52nd congressional district as a Republican from 2009 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2016 Hunter was investigated for converting funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. In Aug. 2018, Hunter was indicted on charges of converting campaign funds to personal use. In Sept. 2018, the House Ethics Committee deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice. In November of 2018, Hunter was reelected despite the indictment and despite a series of anti-Muslim ads run against his opponent. In May 2019, the Committee reauthorized an Investigative Subcommittee for the 116th Congress and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice. In June 2019, Hunter's wife pleaded guilty and said that she and Hunter misused over $200,000 in campaign funds for personal purposes.
|Aug. 31, 2016||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations|
|Mar. 23, 2017||House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice|
|Mar. 23, 2018||House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice|
|Aug. 21, 2018||Federal Bureau of Investigations indicted Hunter and his wife for converting campaign funds to personal use.|
|Sep. 6, 2018||House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice|
|Nov. 6, 2018||Hunter was reelected.|
|May. 3, 2019||House Committee on Ethics reauthorized for the Investigative Subcommittee for the 116th Congress and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice|
|Jun. 13, 2019||Hunter's wife changed her plea to guilty and said that she and Hunter misused over $200,000 in campaign funds for personal purposes.|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Hunter.
Hunter is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Hunter has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Hunter was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6175: Maritime Safety Act of 2018
- H.R. 1726: Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017
- H.R. 2518: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017
- H.R. 1296 (114th): To amend the San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement Act to clarify certain settlement terms, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4188 (114th): Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015
- H.R. 1987 (114th): Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015
Does 6 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).
Hunter sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) International Affairs (13%) Education (13%) Private Legislation (8%) Environmental Protection (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Government Operations and Politics (4%)
Some of Hunter’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2251: Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act
- H.R. 2175: Stop Harmful Adolescent Marriage Act of 2019
- H.R. 1565: Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2019
- H.Res. 151: Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the priorities and goals ...
- H.R. 1136: For the relief of Roberto Luis Dunoyer Mejia, Consuelo Cardona Molina, Camilo Dunoyer ...
- H.R. 892: To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to limit attorney fees and ...
- H.R. 768: No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act
From Jan 2009 to Oct 2019, Hunter missed 171 of 7,567 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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