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Rep. Tony Cárdenas

Representative for California’s 29th District

pronounced TOH-nee // KAR-de-nahs

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 2018.

Photo of Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% American Civil Liberties Union: 94% NIAC Action: A League of Conservation Voters: 90% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 52% FreedomWorks: 21% NumbersUSA: 13% Americans for Prosperity: 10% The Club for Growth: 10%

Committee Membership

Tony Cárdenas sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cárdenas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (19%) Education (17%) Health (12%) Commerce (10%) Labor and Employment (7%) Taxation (7%) Agriculture and Food (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cárdenas’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015
Nov 17, 2015. Passed 249/177.
Yea H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of 2015
Nov 16, 2015. Failed 263/146.
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 1105 (113th): Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act
Dec 4, 2013. Passed 254/159.
Aye H.Res. 429 (113th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3309) to amend title 35, United States Code, and the ...
Dec 4, 2013. Passed 229/185.
Aye H.R. 1062 (113th): SEC Regulatory Accountability Act
May 17, 2013. Passed 235/161.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2018, Cárdenas missed 246 of 3,638 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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