Rep. Lionel Van Deerlin

Former Representative from California’s 42nd District, Democrat

Van Deerlin, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 42nd congressional district from 1975 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for California's 41st congressional district (1973-1974); and the representative for California's 37th congressional district (1963-1972).



Our unique analysis of the bills Van Deerlin 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 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Van Deerlin is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Van Deerlin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Private Legislation (24%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Labor and Employment (8%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Van Deerlin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Van Deerlin missed 881 of 7,362 roll call votes, which is 12.0%. This is worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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