Sen. John Tunney

Former Senator from California, Democrat

Tunney, a Democrat, was a senator from California from 1971 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for California's 38th congressional district (1965-1970).



Our unique analysis of the bills Tunney sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1976. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Tunney is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

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%) Agriculture and Food (9%) International Affairs (9%) Environmental Protection (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

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.

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Primary Sources

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