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Rep. Walter Fauntroy

Former Delegate for the District of Columbia’s At-Large District

Fauntroy was the delegate from the District of Columbia and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1990.

Because the District of Columbia is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Fauntroy can vote in committee but not on the House floor, including not on the final passage of bills. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.


Fauntroy faced an allegation of stealing from the House Bank. On Mar. 25, 1995, he pleaded guilty to one count of violating the false statements statute regarding a charitable contribution.

Mar. 25, 1995 Pleaded guilty to one count of violating the false statements statute regarding a charitable contribution.
Photo of Rep. Walter Fauntroy [D-DC0, 1971-1990]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fauntroy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Fauntroy sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fauntroy was the primary sponsor of 23 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 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

Fauntroy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (38%) Law (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) International Affairs (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Taxation (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Families (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: