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Rep. Matthew Martínez

Former Representative for California’s 31st District

Martínez was the representative for California’s 31st congressional district and was most recently a Republican (2000-2000) and previously a Democrat (1993-2000). He served from 1993 to 2000.

He was previously the representative for California’s 30th congressional district as a Democrat from 1981 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Matthew Martínez [R-CA31, 1993-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Martínez is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 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 Martínez sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Martínez was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Martínez sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (18%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Social Welfare (13%) Labor and Employment (12%) Law (12%) Health (11%) Families (10%) Education (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Martínez recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1982 to Dec 2000, Martínez missed 1,097 of 9,718 roll call votes, which is 11.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2000. 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

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