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Rep. Jerry Lewis

Former Representative for California’s 41st District

Lewis was the representative for California’s 41st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 40th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; the representative for California’s 35th congressional district as a Republican from 1983 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 37th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. Jerry Lewis [R-CA41, 2003-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lewis 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 Lewis sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lewis was the primary sponsor of 26 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

Lewis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (34%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Water Resources Development (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Commerce (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lewis’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 3521 (112th): Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
Feb 8, 2012. Passed 254/173.
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 ...
Nay H.R. 946 (111th): Plain Writing Act of 2010
Mar 17, 2010. Passed 386/33.
Signed into law on October 13, 2010, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946; Pub.L. 111–274) is a United States federal law that requires that federal executive agencies: Use plain writing in every covered document that the agency issues or substantially revises Train employees ...
Yea H.R. 2918 (111th): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010
Jun 19, 2009. Passed 232/178.
Yea H.Res. 1525 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 1424) to amend section 712 of ...
Oct 3, 2008. Passed 223/205.
Nay H.R. 6532 (110th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restore the Highway Trust Fund balance.
Jul 23, 2008. Passed 387/37.
Not Voting H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
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.
Nay H.R. 249 (110th): To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.
Apr 26, 2007. Passed 277/137.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Jan 2013, Lewis missed 1,372 of 20,090 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. 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: