Rep. Phillip Burton

Former Representative from California’s 5th District, Democrat

Burton, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 5th congressional district from 1983 to 1983.

He was previously the representative for California's 6th congressional district (1975-1982); and the representative for California's 5th congressional district (1963-1974).


Our unique analysis of the bills Burton sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Burton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Burton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

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.

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Primary Sources

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