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Rep. Henry Waxman

Former Representative for California’s 33rd District

Waxman was the representative for California’s 33rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for California’s 30th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2012; the representative for California’s 29th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2002; and the representative for California’s 24th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Waxman.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Waxman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Waxman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Waxman was the primary sponsor of 48 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 48 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

Waxman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (24%) Environmental Protection (18%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Health (18%) Energy (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Waxman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Waxman voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Waxman voted Aye

Waxman voted Nay

Waxman voted No

Waxman voted Nay

Waxman voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Waxman voted Nay

Waxman voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 2014, Waxman missed 2,263 of 24,107 roll call votes, which is 9.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. 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

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