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Rep. William Ketchum

Former Representative for California’s 18th District

Ketchum was the representative for California’s 18th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for California’s 36th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1974.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ketchum is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Ketchum sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ketchum was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Ketchum sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Social Welfare (15%) Private Legislation (13%) Taxation (10%) Immigration (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ketchum recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Jun 1978, Ketchum missed 303 of 3,483 roll call votes, which is 8.7%. This is on par with the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1978. 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.

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Primary Sources

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