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Rep. Frank Riggs

Former Representative for California’s 1st District

Riggs was the representative for California’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1995 to 1998.

He was previously the representative for California’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1991 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Frank Riggs [R-CA1, 1995-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Riggs 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 Riggs sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Riggs was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Riggs sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Law (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Education (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Commerce (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Families (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Riggs recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 1998, Riggs missed 314 of 3,459 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. 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, 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: