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Rep. Bella Abzug

Former Representative for New York’s 20th District

Abzug, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 20th congressional district from 1973 to 1976.

She was previously the representative for New York's 19th congressional district (1971-1972).

Photo of Rep. Bella Abzug [D-NY20, 1973-1976]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Abzug is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Abzug sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Abzug was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Abzug sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (26%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) International Affairs (9%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1971 to Oct 1976, Abzug missed 389 of 3,000 roll call votes, which is 13.0%. This is worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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