Moss was the representative for California’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1953 to 1978.
Moss 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 Moss sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Moss was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4220 (94th): A bill to designate the Veterans’ Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., as the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veteran’s Hospital.
Does 1 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).
Moss sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Moss’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 13963 (95th): Congressional Oversight Improvement Act
- H.Res. 1249 (95th): A resolution expressing the condolences of the House on the death of …
- H.R. 13175 (95th): Public Accounting Regulatory Act
- H.R. 11575 (95th): A bill to exercise the power of the Congress under article IV …
- H.R. 11307 (95th): A bill to exercise the power of the Congress under article IV …
- H.R. 10928 (95th): A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to …
- H.R. 8977 (95th): A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to …
From Jan 1953 to Oct 1978, Moss missed 1,139 of 6,995 roll call votes, which is 16.3%. This is much worse 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 and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills