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Rep. Sala Burton

Former Representative for California’s 5th District

Burton was the representative for California’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1983 to 1987.

Photo of Rep. Sala Burton [D-CA5, 1983-1987]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Burton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Burton was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Burton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (36%) Private Legislation (34%) Health (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Arts, Culture, Religion (5%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1983 to Jan 1987, Burton missed 266 of 1,594 roll call votes, which is 16.7%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1987. 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: