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Rep. Norman Mineta

Former Representative for California’s 15th District

Mineta was the representative for California’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1995.

He was previously the representative for California’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Norman Mineta [D-CA15, 1993-1995]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mineta is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Mineta sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mineta was the primary sponsor of 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 35 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

Mineta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) Arts, Culture, Religion (9%) Law (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Mineta’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Sep 1995, Mineta missed 410 of 11,294 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1995. 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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Primary Sources

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