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Rep. Lionel Van Deerlin

Former Representative for California’s 42nd District

Van Deerlin was the representative for California’s 42nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for California’s 41st congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1974; and the representative for California’s 37th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1972.

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


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 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 from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 4 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).

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%) Environmental Protection (6%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Van Deerlin recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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