Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon

Former Representative from California’s 25th District, Republican

McKeon, a Republican, was the representative for California's 25th congressional district from 1993 to 2014.



Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for McKeon.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills McKeon sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). McKeon is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

McKeon was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McKeon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (33%) Armed Forces and National Security (30%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Animals (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McKeon’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Yea S. 5 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007
Jun 7, 2007. Passed 247/176.
Nay H.R. 1700 (110th): COPS Improvements Act of 2007
May 15, 2007. Passed 381/34.
Aye H.R. 3 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007
Jan 11, 2007. Passed 253/174.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2014, McKeon missed 386 of 14,635 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. ProPublica has tracked 8 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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