Cunningham was the representative for California’s 50th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2005.
He was previously the representative for California’s 51st congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; and the representative for California’s 44th congressional district as a Republican from 1991 to 1992.
Cunningham faced an allegation of tax evasion, conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud. On Jul. 14, 2005, he announced he would not run for re-election. On Nov. 28, 2005, he pleaded guilty. On Nov. 28, 2005, he resigned. On January 20, 2021, Cunningham was pardoned by President Trump.
|Jul. 14, 2005||Announced he would not run for re-election.|
|Nov. 28, 2005||Pleaded guilty.|
|Nov. 28, 2005||Resigned.|
|Jan. 20, 2021||Pardoned by President Trump.|
Cunningham is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Cunningham sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Cunningham was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 218 (108th): Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004
- H.R. 5461 (106th): Shark Finning Prohibition Act
- H.R. 4182 (106th): Worker Economic Opportunity Act
- H.R. 4248 (105th): Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Promotion Act
- H.R. 3269 (104th): Impact Aid Technical Amendments of 1996
Does 5 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).
Cunningham sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Law (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Commerce (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Environmental Protection (10%) Energy (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)
Some of Cunningham’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2587 (109th): To make amendments to the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of …
- H.R. 1834 (109th): Efficient Energy Through Certified Technology and Electricity Reliability (EFFECTER) Act of 2005
- H.R. 1336 (109th): To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to clarify …
- H.Res. 89 (109th): Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American Thoracic Society, celebrating its achievements, …
- H.R. 457 (109th): Men’s Health Act of 2005
- H.R. 302 (109th): Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2005
- H.R. 320 (109th): Tax Incentives to Encourage Recycling Act of 2005
From Jan 1991 to Nov 2005, Cunningham missed 238 of 8,620 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2005. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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