Dornan was the representative for California’s 46th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 1996.
He was previously the representative for California’s 38th congressional district as a Republican from 1985 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 27th congressional district as a Republican from 1977 to 1982.
Dornan is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Dornan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Dornan was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 377 (99th): A joint resolution to designate December 5, 1985, as “Walt Disney Recognition Day”.
- H.J.Res. 385 (97th): A joint resolution designating July 9, 1982 as “National P.O.W.-M.I.A. Recognition Day”.
- H.R. 3138 (96th): A bill for the relief of Surip Karmowiredjo.
- H.R. 3835 (95th): A bill for the relief of Pece D. Van Arsdol.
Does 4 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).
Dornan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Health (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (11%) Law (11%) International Affairs (10%) Taxation (9%) Labor and Employment (9%)
Some of Dornan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4344 (104th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide that a member ...
- H.Con.Res. 222 (104th): Providing that George Washington’s “Farewell Address” shall be read at the beginning ...
- H.R. 4000 (104th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to restore the provisions of ...
- H.R. 3926 (104th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the separation from ...
- H.R. 3925 (104th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to restore the regulations prohibiting ...
- H.Res. 493 (104th): Urging that certain actions be taken with respect to Vietnamese asylum seekers.
- H.R. 3668 (104th): To require the Secretary of Defense to provide back pay to the ...
From Jan 1977 to Sep 1996, Dornan missed 1,027 of 9,755 roll call votes, which is 10.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills