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Rep. Jim Bates

Former Representative from California’s 44th District, Democrat

Bates, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 44th congressional district from 1983 to 1990.


Our unique analysis of the bills Bates 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 1990. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bates is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Bates was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Bates sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Health (21%) Environmental Protection (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) International Affairs (7%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Commerce (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Oct 1990, Bates missed 190 of 3,639 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is on par with the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. 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: