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.
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 liberal–conservative 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.
McCloskey was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 932 (96th): A bill for the relief of Doris Mauri Coonrad.
- H.J.Res. 738 (94th): Joint resolution providing for Federal participation in preserving the Tule elk population in California.
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).
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%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)
Some of McCloskey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5382 (97th): A bill for the relief of Jacqueline Ann Kaufman.
- H.R. 4021 (97th): Comprehensive Immigration Amendments of 1981
- H.R. 3577 (97th): A bill to amend the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
- H.R. 3578 (97th): A bill to amend the Shipping Act of 1916.
- H.R. 2042 (97th): A bill to amend the Shipping Act of 1916.
- H.R. 2041 (97th): A bill to extend the right to vote in primary and runoff ...
- H.R. 1730 (97th): National Service Act
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 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills