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Rep. Ron de Lugo

Former Delegate from the Virgin Islands’s At-Large District, Democrat

de Lugo, a Democrat, was the delegate from the Virgin Islands from 1981 to 1994.

Because the Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — de Lugo can vote in committee but not on the House floor, including not on the final passage of bills. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

He was previously the delegate from the Virgin Islands (1973-1978).


Our unique analysis of the bills de Lugo 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 1994. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). de Lugo is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

de Lugo was the primary sponsor of 23 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

de Lugo sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (52%) Emergency Management (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Commerce (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of de Lugo’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1993 to Oct 1994, de Lugo missed 25 of 424 roll call votes, which is 5.9%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1994. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: