Brown was the representative for California’s 42nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1999.
He was previously the representative for California’s 36th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992; the representative for California’s 38th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1974; and the representative for California’s 29th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1970.
Brown is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 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 Brown sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.
Brown was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6135 (102nd): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1993
- H.R. 6133 (102nd): Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992
- H.J.Res. 542 (102nd): Designating the week beginning November 8, 1992, as “Hire a Veteran Week”.
- H.R. 3795 (102nd): To amend title 28, United States Code, to establish 3 divisions in the Central Judicial District of California.
- H.R. 5343 (102nd): To make technical amendments to the American Technology Preeminence Act of 1991 and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act with respect to their treatment of the SI ...
- H.R. 1988 (102nd): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1992
- H.J.Res. 280 (102nd): To designate the week beginning November 10, 1991, as “Hire a Veteran Week”.
Does 21 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).
Brown sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Labor and Employment (12%) Commerce (11%) Education (10%) Law (9%) Environmental Protection (9%)
Some of Brown’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2077 (106th): Sequoia Ecosystem and Recreation Preserve Act of 1999
- H.Con.Res. 126 (106th): To honor the ExploraVision Awards Program and to encourage more students to ...
- H.R. 1527 (106th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Academic Opportunities Act for Fiscal Years 2000, ...
- H.R. 1202 (106th): Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act of 1999
- H.R. 666 (106th): National Materials Corridor Partnership Act of 1999
- H.R. 88 (106th): To amend the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999, to repeal ...
- H.R. 4448 (105th): Buffalo Coin Act of 1998
From Jan 1963 to Jul 1999, Brown missed 2,345 of 16,051 roll call votes, which is 14.6%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 1999. 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills