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Rep. Tom Lantos

Former Representative for California’s 12th District

Lantos was the representative for California’s 12th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for California’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1981 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Tom Lantos [D-CA12, 1993-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lantos is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Lantos sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lantos was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 24 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

Lantos sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Law (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Immigration (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Feb 2008, Lantos missed 1,040 of 14,905 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 2008. 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: