Patterson was the representative for California’s 38th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1984.
Patterson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Patterson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Patterson was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 408 (98th): A joint resolution designating November 12, 1983, as “Anti-Defamation League Day” in honor of the league’s seventieth anniversary.
- H.R. 4490 (97th): A bill for the relief of Lehi L. Pitchforth, Junior.
- H.R. 1841 (97th): A bill for the relief of Isabelita Clima Portilla.
- H.R. 5154 (97th): A bill to amend the Lanham Trademark Act to prohibit any State from requiring that a registered trademark be altered for use within such State, and to ...
- H.R. 3958 (97th): Olympic Coin Act of 1981
- H.R. 4778 (96th): An Act for the relief of Sada Kim.
- H.R. 5995 (95th): A bill to eliminate racketeering in the sale and distribution of cigarettes.
Does 7 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).
Patterson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (30%) Finance and Financial Sector (20%) Immigration (14%) Taxation (11%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) International Affairs (7%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Housing and Community Development (5%)
Some of Patterson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6270 (98th): A bill for the relief of Gladys Viviana Silberstein de Levi.
- H.R. 6185 (98th): A bill for the relief of Michael James Hastie.
- H.R. 6144 (98th): A bill for the relief of Virgilio Cabeza and Marissa Cabeza.
- H.J.Res. 570 (98th): A joint resolution designating the month of June 1984 as “Hire a ...
- H.R. 5336 (98th): A bill to provide for increased participation by the United States in ...
- H.R. 4774 (98th): Line Item Veto and Appropriation Rescission Act of 1984
- H.R. 4465 (98th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
From Jan 1975 to Oct 1984, Patterson missed 634 of 5,807 roll call votes, which is 10.9%. This is worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills