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Rep. Edward Roybal

Former Representative for California’s 25th District

Roybal was the representative for California’s 25th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for California’s 30th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1974.

Photo of Rep. Edward Roybal [D-CA25, 1975-1992]


On Sep. 27, 1978, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Roybal for failing to report campaign contributions, converting campaign funds to personal use, and making a false statement to the Standards committee and recommended censure. On Oct. 13, 1978, the House of Representatives rejected the censure recommendation, 219-170; but reprimanded him by voice vote.

Sep. 27, 1978 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct conducted inquiry and recommended censure
Oct. 13, 1978 House of Representatives rejected the censure recommendation, 219-170; reprimanded, voice vote


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Roybal is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Roybal sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Roybal was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 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

Roybal sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (35%) Social Welfare (27%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Taxation (6%) Environmental Protection (5%) Labor and Employment (5%) Families (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Roybal recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Oct 1992, Roybal missed 1,004 of 12,745 roll call votes, which is 7.9%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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: