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Rep. Howard Berman

Former Representative for California’s 28th District

Berman was the representative for California’s 28th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 26th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28, 2003-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Berman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Berman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Berman was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Berman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (41%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Immigration (9%) Law (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Berman’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Berman voted No

Berman voted Aye

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 ...

Berman voted Yea

Failed 141/149 on May 15, 2008.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Jan 2013, Berman missed 1,432 of 18,002 roll call votes, which is 8.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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