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Rep. Paul “Pete” McCloskey

Former Representative for California’s 12th District

McCloskey was the representative for California’s 12th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for California’s 17th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1974; and the representative for California’s 11th congressional district as a Republican from 1967 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McCloskey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 McCloskey sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McCloskey was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

McCloskey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Environmental Protection (12%) Water Resources Development (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Energy (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

McCloskey recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1967 to Dec 1982, McCloskey missed 1,578 of 7,307 roll call votes, which is 21.6%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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: