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Rep. Ronald Dellums

Former Representative for California’s 9th District

Dellums was the representative for California’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1998.

He was previously the representative for California’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1974.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1983, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Dellums for using cocaine and marijuana and preliminary inquiry voted; Special Counsel investigated and found no basis for statement of alleged violation. On Nov. 17, 1983, the committee took no further action.

Nov. 17, 1983 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct preliminary inquiry voted; Special Counsel investigated and found no basis for statement of alleged violation; committee took no further action
Photo of Rep. Ronald Dellums [D-CA9, 1993-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dellums is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Dellums sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dellums was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 20 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dellums sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Health (12%) Education (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Social Welfare (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Dellums’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1971 to Feb 1998, Dellums missed 1,331 of 14,312 roll call votes, which is 9.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1998. 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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Primary Sources

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