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Rep. Benjamin Gilman

Former Representative from New York’s 20th District, Republican

Gilman, a Republican, was the representative for New York's 20th congressional district from 1993 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for New York's 22nd congressional district (1983-1992); and the representative for New York's 26th congressional district (1973-1982).

Photo of Rep. Benjamin Gilman [R-NY20, 1993-2002]


Our unique analysis of the bills Gilman sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gilman is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Gilman was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Gilman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) International Affairs (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Law (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Commerce (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Nov 2002, Gilman missed 556 of 16,408 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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: