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Rep. Shirley Pettis

Former Representative for California’s 37th District

Pettis was the representative for California’s 37th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 1975 to 1978.

Photo of Rep. Shirley Pettis [R-CA37, 1975-1978]

Enacted Legislation

Pettis was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Pettis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (18%) Private Legislation (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Labor and Employment (14%) Energy (11%) Native Americans (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pettis recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1975 to Oct 1978, Pettis missed 372 of 2,686 roll call votes, which is 13.8%. This is worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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