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Rep. Amory “Amo” Houghton Jr.

Former Representative for New York’s 29th District

Houghton was the representative for New York’s 29th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2004.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 31st congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; and the representative for New York’s 34th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Amory “Amo” Houghton [R-NY29, 2003-2004]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Houghton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Houghton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Houghton was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Houghton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (23%) Commerce (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Social Welfare (9%) Law (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Families (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2004, Houghton missed 755 of 9,855 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. 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: