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Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark

Former Representative for California’s 13th District

Stark was the representative for California’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1974.

Photo of Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark [D-CA13, 1993-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stark 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Stark sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Stark was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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

Stark sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (30%) Taxation (23%) Families (16%) Social Welfare (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Immigration (7%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Labor and Employment (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Stark recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stark voted No

Stark voted No

Stark voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Stark voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Jan 2013, Stark missed 2,782 of 23,975 roll call votes, which is 11.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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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Primary Sources

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