Torres was the representative for California’s 34th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1998.
Torres is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Torres sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
Torres was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 3182 (100th): A bill to amend Public Law 90-498 to provide for the designation of “National Hispanic Heritage Month”.
Does 1 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).
Torres sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Law (16%) Commerce (16%) Environmental Protection (14%) Labor and Employment (10%) Taxation (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Sports and Recreation (8%)
Some of Torres’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 303 (105th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should declare Kneeling ...
- H.R. 2514 (105th): To authorize the President to award a congressional gold medal to the ...
- H.R. 1951 (105th): Cuban Humanitarian Trade Act of 1997
- H.R. 452 (105th): Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Amendments of 1997
- H.Con.Res. 182 (104th): Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for the President ...
- H.Res. 152 (104th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should ...
- H.R. 1578 (104th): Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Amendments of 1995
From Jan 1983 to Dec 1998, Torres missed 693 of 8,220 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills