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Rep. George E. Brown

Former Representative for California’s 42nd District

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.

Photo of Rep. George E. Brown [D-CA42, 1993-1999]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Brown was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Brown recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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