Mathias was the representative for California’s 18th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1967 to 1974.
Mathias is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Mathias sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Mathias was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 12044 (93rd): An Act designating the lake created by the Hidden Reservoir project, Fresno River, California, as “Hensley Lake”.
- H.J.Res. 444 (93rd): Joint resolution to authorize the continued use of certain lands within the Sequoia National Park by portions of an existing hydroelectric project.
- H.R. 3458 (93rd): A bill to declare that the United States holds in trust for the Bridgeport Indian colony certain lands in Mono County, Calif.
- H.R. 2212 (93rd): For the relief of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Le Fintland and Susan Fintland.
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).
Mathias sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (23%) Sports and Recreation (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Private Legislation (14%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)
Some of Mathias’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 17009 (93rd): A bill to amend title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ...
- H.Res. 1346 (93rd): Resolution to urge the full utilization of federally owned public facilities in ...
- H.R. 16562 (93rd): A bill to amend title 17 of the United States Code to ...
- H.Res. 1347 (93rd): Resolution to urge the full utilization of federally owned public facilities.
- H.Con.Res. 595 (93rd): Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Richard M. Nixon not ...
- H.R. 16023 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Wesley P. Kliewer and Lois P. ...
- H.R. 16011 (93rd): Federal Election Campaign Reform Act
From Jan 1967 to Dec 1974, Mathias missed 501 of 2,648 roll call votes, which is 18.9%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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