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Rep. Bertram Podell

Former Representative for New York’s 13th District

Podell was the representative for New York’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1967 to 1974.


Podell faced an allegation of bribery. In 1974, he was defeated in the election after indictment. On Oct. 1, 1974, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and conflict of interest.

1974 Defeated in the election after indictment.
Oct. 1, 1974 Pleaded guilty to conspiracy and conflict of interest.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Podell is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Podell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Podell was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Podell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (30%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (11%) Labor and Employment (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Law (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Podell recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1968 to Dec 1974, Podell missed 567 of 2,385 roll call votes, which is 23.8%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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: