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Sen. John Tunney

Former Senator for California

Tunney was a senator from California and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for California’s 38th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1970.

Photo of Sen. John Tunney [D-CA, 1971-1976]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tunney is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 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 Tunney sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Tunney 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

Tunney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (19%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Labor and Employment (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Environmental Protection (9%) Taxation (9%) Agriculture and Food (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Tunney recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1971 to Oct 1976, Tunney missed 885 of 3,404 roll call votes, which is 26.0%. This is much worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1976. 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: