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Rep. Phillip Burton

Former Representative for California’s 5th District

Burton was the representative for California’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1983.

He was previously the representative for California’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982; and the representative for California’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1974.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burton 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 Burton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Burton was the primary sponsor of 41 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 41 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

Burton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (39%) Immigration (27%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Labor and Employment (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Burton recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1964 to Oct 1983, Burton missed 854 of 8,088 roll call votes, which is 10.6%. This is worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1983. 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: