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Rep. Lionel Van Deerlin

Former Representative for California’s 42nd District

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).

Photo of Rep. Lionel Van Deerlin [D-CA42, 1975-1980]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Van Deerlin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Van Deerlin sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Van Deerlin was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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

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

Missed Votes

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

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