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Rep. Tom McClintock

Representative for California’s 4th District

pronounced tom // muh-KLIN-tawk


McClintock is the representative for California’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. McClintock is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

McClintock is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, McClintock joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McClintock is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 McClintock has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 21, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 96% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ United States Chamber of Commerce: 67% League of Conservation Voters: 6% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Enacted Legislation

McClintock was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

McClintock sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (47%) Water Resources Development (18%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) International Affairs (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McClintock voted Nay

Passed 398/1 on Jun 23, 2015.

The TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to expand the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate and ...

McClintock voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

McClintock voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

McClintock voted No

McClintock voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jan 2021, McClintock missed 67 of 7,972 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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

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