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.
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 liberal–conservative 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.
Martínez was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3161 (103rd): Older Americans Act Technical Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 2010 (103rd): National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993
- H.R. 5194 (102nd): Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs Act
- H.R. 5291 (102nd): To provide for the temporary use of certain lands in the city of South Gate, California, for elementary school purposes.
- H.R. 5630 (102nd): Head Start Improvement Act of 1992
- H.R. 2967 (102nd): Older Americans Act Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 5382 (102nd): Native American Languages Act of 1991
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).
Martínez sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Martínez’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4854 (106th): EMS Employee Equality Act of 2000
- H.R. 3545 (106th): IDEA Full Funding Act of 2000
- H.R. 3551 (106th): For the relief of Gui Di Chen.
- H.R. 2390 (106th): Smart Classrooms Act
- H.R. 1637 (106th): Older Americans Act Amendments of 1999
- H.R. 1341 (106th): To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish a national ...
- H.R. 3880 (105th): Human Services Amendments of 1998
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 and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills