Anderson was the representative for California’s 32nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1992.
He was previously the representative for California’s 35th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1974; and the representative for California’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 1969 to 1972.
Anderson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Anderson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Anderson was the primary sponsor of 53 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5708 (101st): To authorize acquisition of certain real property for the Library of Congress, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2032 (100th): A bill to authorize the conveyance of the Liberty ship PROTECTOR.
- H.R. 3734 (100th): A bill to recognize the significance of the administration of the Federal-Aid Highway System and to express appreciation to Ray A. Barnhart for his dedicated efforts in ...
- H.R. 2893 (100th): A bill to reauthorize the Fishermen’s Protective Act.
- H.R. 2 (100th): Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987
- H.J.Res. 445 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the week of January 26, 1986, to February 1, 1986, as “Truck and Bus Safety Week”.
- H.R. 437 (98th): A bill for the relief of Patrick Starkie.
Does 53 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).
Anderson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (21%) Environmental Protection (21%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) International Affairs (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Anderson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5937 (102nd): Ballona Wetlands Restoration Act of 1992
- H.J.Res. 461 (102nd): Designating January 8, 1993, as “Elvis Presley Day”.
- H.R. 3036 (102nd): To direct the Secretary of Transportation to convey certain vessels to Assistance, ...
- H.R. 2095 (102nd): Federal Recycling Incentive Act
- H.R. 1918 (102nd): World War I Veterans’ Service Pension Act
- H.R. 1317 (102nd): To restrict United States economic and military assistance to Jordan.
- H.Res. 96 (102nd): To provide a comprehensive recycling program for the House of Representatives.
From Jan 1969 to Oct 1992, Anderson missed 604 of 11,642 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills