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.
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.
Dymally was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3294 (101st): To authorize distribution within the United States of the United States Information Agency film entitled “A Tribute to Mickey Leland”.
- H.R. 1133 (100th): A bill for the relief of Thomas Nelson Flanagan.
- H.J.Res. 592 (100th): A joint resolution designating Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, 1988, as “National Drive for Life Weekend”.
- H.R. 348 (100th): A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend to certain officers and employees of the United States Postal Service the same procedural and appeal …
- H.J.Res. 329 (100th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning November 15, 1987, as “African American Education Week”.
- H.J.Res. 106 (100th): A joint resolution to designate June 19, 1987, as “American Gospel Arts Day”.
- H.J.Res. 119 (100th): A joint resolution designating the week of April 19, 1987, through April 25, 1987, as “National Minority Cancer Awareness Week”.
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).
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:
- H.J.Res. 552 (102nd): Authorizing the Coalition for a National Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi to establish …
- H.R. 5811 (102nd): District of Columbia Judicial Reorganization Act of 1992
- H.Res. 497 (102nd): Relating to ongoing violence connected with apartheid in South Africa.
- H.R. 5283 (102nd): To preempt state and local sanction measures against Namibia.
- H.R. 5036 (102nd): Emerging South African Democracy and Open Markets Support Act
- H.R. 4721 (102nd): District of Columbia Judicial Reorganization Act of 1992
- H.Con.Res. 234 (102nd): Expressing the sense of the Congress concerning humanitarian assistance for the people …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills