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Rep. Leon Panetta

Former Representative from California’s 17th District, Democrat

Panetta, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 17th congressional district from 1993 to 1993.

He was previously the representative for California's 16th congressional district (1977-1992).


Our unique analysis of the bills Panetta sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Panetta is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Panetta was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Panetta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (18%) Taxation (16%) Environmental Protection (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Social Welfare (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Jan 1993, Panetta missed 264 of 8,206 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1993. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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