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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]


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 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 from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. 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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Does 26 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

Lewis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (34%) Water Resources Development (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Commerce (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Health (7%) Education (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lewis recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Lewis voted Aye

Lewis 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 …

Lewis voted Nay

Lewis voted Yea

Lewis voted Nay

Lewis voted Nay

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.

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

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