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.
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.
Burton was the primary sponsor of 41 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1437 (98th): California Wilderness Act of 1984
- H.R. 1624 (97th): A bill for the relief of Theresa Macam Alcalen.
- H.R. 8444 (96th): A bill to authorize appropriations for certain insular areas of the United States, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 7217 (96th): Native Hawaiians Study Commission Act
- H.R. 7218 (96th): A bill to establish the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3756 (96th): A bill to authorize appropriations for certain insular areas of the United States, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3757 (96th): An act to establish the Channel Islands National Park, and for other purposes.
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).
Burton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Burton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2171 (98th): A bill to appropriate funds for epidemiological and medical research on acquired ...
- H.R. 1990 (98th): A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide special ...
- H.R. 2049 (98th): A bill for the relief George Kim Wee Ma, a.k.a. Kim Wee ...
- H.R. 1757 (98th): A bill to amend the Service Contract Act to prohibit discrimination against ...
- H.R. 1758 (98th): Performing Arts Labor Relations Amendments
- H.R. 1717 (98th): National Trails System Act Amendments of 1983
- H.R. 1714 (98th): A bill for the relief of Antonio Callejo Carsola.
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 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