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Rep. Tom Lantos

Former Representative for California’s 12th District

Lantos, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 12th congressional district from 1993 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for California's 11th congressional district (1981-1992).

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

Analysis

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 liberal–conservative 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. 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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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

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

Lantos’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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.

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Primary Sources

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