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Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal

Former Representative for New York’s 7th District

Rosenthal was the representative for New York’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1984.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1982; and the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1961 to 1962.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rosenthal is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Rosenthal sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Rosenthal was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Rosenthal sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (22%) Education (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) International Affairs (12%) Taxation (10%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Private Legislation (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Rosenthal recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1962 to Dec 1982, Rosenthal missed 1,001 of 8,290 roll call votes, which is 12.1%. This is worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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