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Rep. Tony Cárdenas

Representative for California’s 29th District

pronounced TOH-nee // KAHR-de-noss

Cárdenas is the representative for California’s 29th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Cárdenas is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Cárdenas.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cárdenas 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cárdenas has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Mar 31, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: A American Civil Liberties Union: 88% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 64% League of Conservation Voters: 49% The Club for Growth: 27% FreedomWorks: 21% Americans for Prosperity: 15% NumbersUSA: 13%

Committee Membership

Tony Cárdenas sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cárdenas was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Cárdenas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (25%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (16%) Health (16%) Commerce (12%) Education (11%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Energy (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cárdenas voted Nay

Passed 407/10 on Mar 14, 2018.

After February’s Parkland high school massacre, a Republican bill introduced mere weeks before is now gaining significant traction — including the Democratic representative from Parkland. ...

Cárdenas voted Aye

Passed 243/184 on Jan 12, 2017.

H.R. 78 replaces guidance adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2012 that currently governs the use of economic analysis in SEC rulemakings. ...

Cárdenas voted Yea

Passed 250/169 on Feb 4, 2016.

The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, H.R. 766, would establish requirements for federal regulators to request a bank to close any customer account, except in ...

Cárdenas voted Yea

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

Cárdenas voted Yea

Failed 263/146 on Nov 16, 2015.

Cárdenas voted No

Cárdenas voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Cárdenas voted Yea

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 ...

Cárdenas 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 ...

Cárdenas voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Mar 2020, Cárdenas missed 292 of 4,542 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% 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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