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Rep. Adam Powell Jr.

Former Representative for New York’s 18th District

Powell was the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1970.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1953 to 1962; and the representative for New York’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1945 to 1952.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Powell faced an allegation of using committee travel funds for personal travel while Chairman of Education and Labor committee, other misuse of funds, and contempt of court. He was excluded, 307-116 on Mar. 1, 1967, then reelected in a special election but did not take the seat, and on Jan. 3, 1969, he was seated to the 91st Cong. and fined $25,000, 254-158. In 1969, the Supreme Court held the exclusion unconstitutional, see (Powell v. McCormack, 395 U.S. 486.

Feb. 23, 1967 Select Committee appointed by the House recommended censure, $40,000 restitution and reduction of seniority.
Mar. 1, 1967 Excluded, 307-116.
Apr. 11, 1967 Reelected to the 90th Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by his exclusion but did not take the seat.
Jan. 3, 1969 Seated after reelection to the 91st Cong., fined $25,000 and seniority reduced, 254-158.
1969 Supreme Court held the exclusion unconstitutional, see (Powell v. McCormack, 395 U.S. 486.
1970 Lost the primary to Charles Rangel.
Photo of Rep. Adam Powell [D-NY18, 1963-1970]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1945 to Dec 1970, Powell missed 797 of 2,827 roll call votes, which is 28.2%. This is much worse than the median of 8.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1970. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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