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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy

Former Representative for New York’s 4th District

McCarthy, a Democrat, was the representative for New York’s 4th congressional district from 1997 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY4, 1997-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for McCarthy.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McCarthy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 McCarthy sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McCarthy was the primary sponsor of 7 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

McCarthy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (35%) Crime and Law Enforcement (27%) Health (10%) International Affairs (8%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Labor and Employment (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%) Social Welfare (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McCarthy’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Not Voting H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Aye H.R. 3521 (112th): Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
Feb 8, 2012. Passed 254/173.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
No H.R. 5175 (111th): Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act
Jun 24, 2010. Passed 219/206.
No H.Res. 1468 (111th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5175) to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 ...
Jun 24, 2010. Passed 220/205.
Nay H.R. 1575 (111th): End Government Reimbursement of Excessive Executive Disbursements (End GREED) Act
Apr 1, 2009. Failed 223/196.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2014, McCarthy missed 1,184 of 12,173 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. ProPublica has tracked 839 explanations for these missed votes. 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: