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Rep. John Doolittle

Former Representative for California’s 4th District

Doolittle was the representative for California’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for California’s 14th congressional district as a Republican from 1991 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. John Doolittle [R-CA4, 1993-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Doolittle is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Doolittle sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Doolittle was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Doolittle sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (28%) Commerce (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Law (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Water Resources Development (8%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Doolittle’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 3325 (110th): Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008
Sep 28, 2008. Passed 381/41.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 3527 (110th): To extend for two months the authorities of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Sep 17, 2007. Passed 347/30.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Nay H.R. 137 (110th): Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007
Mar 26, 2007. Passed 368/39.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Doolittle missed 468 of 11,102 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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: