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Rep. Jimmy Panetta

Representative for California’s 20th District

pronounced JIM-ee // puh-NEH-tuh


Panetta is the representative for California’s 20th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Panetta is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Panetta is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Panetta has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 24, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Jimmy Panetta sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Panetta was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Panetta sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Taxation (23%) International Affairs (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%) Health (5%) Labor and Employment (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Panetta recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Panetta voted Yea

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Panetta voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Panetta voted Yea

Panetta voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Panetta voted Yea

Passed 247/152 on Sep 7, 2018.

H.R. 6691 amends the definition of the term “crime of violence” in the U.S. Code. Specifically: Under subsection (a)(1), the term is defined by enumerating …

Panetta voted Nay

Passed 393/13 on Apr 27, 2018.

H.R. 4 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for five years. Title I removes obsolete restrictions on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) allowing airports to more …

Panetta voted Aye

Passed 257/166 on Nov 8, 2017.

H.R. 3043 modernizes the regulatory permitting process and encourages the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promotes new hydropower infrastructure; …

Panetta voted Yea

Passed 244/171 on Sep 28, 2017.

Should somebody lose their taxpayer-supported benefits if they have an outstanding warrant --- even if they haven't actually been convicted of the crime? The Control …

Panetta voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

Panetta voted Aye

Passed 246/176 on Mar 2, 2017.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to May 2022, Panetta missed 4 of 2,845 roll call votes, which is 0.1%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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Primary Sources

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