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Rep. Tony Cárdenas

Representative from California’s 29th District, Democrat

Cárdenas, a Democrat, is the representative for California's 29th congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018) (map).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Cárdenas.

Sponsorship Analysis

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

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

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%) Education (18%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (16%) Health (13%) Commerce (11%) Labor and Employment (7%) Taxation (7%) Transportation and Public Works (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 Jul 2017, Cárdenas missed 183 of 2,967 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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