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Rep. Elton Gallegly

Former Representative for California’s 24th District

Gallegly, a Republican, was the representative for California’s 24th congressional district from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 23rd congressional district (1993-2002); and the representative for California’s 21st congressional district (1987-1992).

Photo of Rep. Elton Gallegly [R-CA24, 2003-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gallegly 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 Gallegly sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gallegly was the primary sponsor of 12 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

Gallegly sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Immigration (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Law (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gallegly’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
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 ...
Yea H.R. 4855 (111th): Work-Life Balance Award Act
Jun 15, 2010. Failed 249/163.
Aye H.R. 2647 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
Oct 8, 2009. Passed 281/146.
Aye H.R. 1018 (111th): Restore Our American Mustangs Act
Jul 17, 2009. Passed 239/185.
Yea H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
Jul 23, 2008. Passed 272/152.
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.
Nay H.R. 556 (110th): Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007
Jul 11, 2007. Passed 370/45.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Yea H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Jun 15, 2007. Passed 268/150.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2013, Gallegly missed 828 of 16,202 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 39 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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