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Rep. John McFall

Former Representative for California’s 14th District

McFall was the representative for California’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for California’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1974; and the representative for California’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1957 to 1962.


On Oct. 4, 1978, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated McFall for failing to report $3,000 campaign contribution in 1974 and recommended reprimand, 8-2. On Oct. 13, 1978, the House of Representatives reprimanded him by voice vote On Dec. 31, 1978, he resigned.

Oct. 4, 1978 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct conducted inquiry and recommended reprimand, 8-2
Oct. 13, 1978 House of Representatives reprimanded, voice vote
Dec. 31, 1978 Resigned.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McFall is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 McFall sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McFall was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 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

McFall sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (21%) Energy (16%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

McFall recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1957 to Oct 1978, McFall missed 255 of 6,699 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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