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Rep. Mervyn Dymally

Former Representative for California’s 31st District

Dymally was the representative for California’s 31st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Mervyn Dymally [D-CA31, 1981-1992]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dymally is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Dymally sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dymally was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 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

Dymally sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (29%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Health (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Education (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Law (6%) Immigration (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Dymally recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 1992, Dymally missed 997 of 5,383 roll call votes, which is 18.5%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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: