skip to main content

Rep. Walter “Wally” Herger

Former Representative for California’s 2nd District

Herger was the representative for California’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Walter “Wally” Herger [R-CA2, 1987-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Herger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Herger sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Herger was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

View All »

Does 15 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

Herger sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (38%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Commerce (10%) Health (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Herger recently introduced the following legislation:

View All » | View Cosponsors »

Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Herger voted Aye

Herger voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Herger voted No

Passed 368/43 on Apr 23, 2008.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2013, Herger missed 527 of 16,206 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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.

Show the numbers...

Primary Sources

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