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Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon

Former Representative for California’s 25th District

McKeon was the representative for California’s 25th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for McKeon.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McKeon 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills McKeon sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McKeon was the primary sponsor of 14 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

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%) Animals (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Government Operations and Politics (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
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea S. 540 (113th): Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act
Feb 11, 2014. Passed 221/201.
Nay H.Res. 115 (113th): Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Thirteenth ...
Mar 19, 2013. Passed 272/136.
Yea H.R. 152 (113th): Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
Jan 15, 2013. Passed 241/180.
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 S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Yea S. 5 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007
Jun 7, 2007. Passed 247/176.
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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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