Rep. Tom Lantos

Former Representative from California’s 12th District, Democrat

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).



Our unique analysis of the bills Lantos sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Lantos is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

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

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

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