González was the representative for Texas’s 20th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1998.
González 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills González sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
González was the primary sponsor of 34 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3474 (103rd): Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994
- H.R. 2517 (103rd): HUD Demonstration Act of 1993
- H.R. 5334 (102nd): Housing and Community Development Act of 1992
- H.R. 6050 (102nd): Depository Institutions Disaster Relief Act of 1992
- H.R. 3576 (102nd): To amend the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to reserve assistance under the HOME Investment Partnerships Act for certain insular areas.
- H.R. 3435 (102nd): Resolution Trust Corporation, Refinancing, Restructuring, and Improvement Act of 1991
- H.R. 5933 (101st): To provide for the temporary extension of the certain laws relating to housing and community development.
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).
González sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (21%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Law (11%) Commerce (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)
Some of González’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 1442 (105th): Federal Reserve Free Enterprise Act
- H.R. 1160 (105th): Federal Reserve Audit and Accountability Act
- H.Res. 35 (105th): Expressing the condolences of the House on the death of the Honorable ...
- H.R. 3003 (104th): Rent-To-Own Reform Act of 1996
- H.J.Res. 99 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to prohibit ...
- H.R. 1657 (104th): Federal Home Loan Bank System Restructuring and Modernization Act of 1995
- H.Res. 110 (104th): Affirming the support of the House of Representatives for the American Consumer ...
From Jan 1962 to Dec 1998, González missed 1,169 of 16,517 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. 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.
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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills