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Rep. Joe Baca

Former Representative for California’s 43rd District

Baca was the representative for California’s 43rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 42nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1999 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Joe Baca [D-CA43, 2003-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Baca 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 Baca sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Baca was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baca sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (22%) Housing and Community Development (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (10%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baca voted No

Baca voted Aye

Baca voted Aye

Baca voted Aye

Baca voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Baca voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Nov 1999 to Jan 2013, Baca missed 348 of 9,178 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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