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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).

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


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)

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%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (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: