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Rep. Walter Fauntroy

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

Fauntroy was the representative 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 currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. 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-DC, 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 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 from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. 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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Does 23 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

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%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Fauntroy recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Primary Sources

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