Ryan was the representative for California’s 11th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.
Ryan 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Ryan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Ryan was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Ryan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) Labor and Employment (24%) International Affairs (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Energy (6%) Social Welfare (6%) Private Legislation (5%) Water Resources Development (5%)
Some of Ryan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 13259 (95th): Nuclear Waste Disposal Act
- H.R. 13257 (95th): Nuclear Financial Liability Act
- H.R. 13258 (95th): Nuclear Energy Alternative Act
- H.R. 12850 (95th): Water Recreation Act
- H.J.Res. 898 (95th): A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States ...
- H.J.Res. 832 (95th): A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States ...
- H.J.Res. 774 (95th): A resolution proclaiming May 3, 1978, “Sun Day”.
From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Ryan missed 648 of 3,891 roll call votes, which is 16.7%. 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