Koch, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 18th congressional district from 1973 to 1978.
He was previously the representative for New York's 17th congressional district (1969-1972).
Koch is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Koch sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Koch was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 568 (94th): A bill to grant an alien child adopted by an unmarried U.S. citizen the same immigrant status as an alien child adopted by a U.S. citizen and ...
- H.R. 5593 (94th): A bill to grant an alien child adopted by an unmarried U.S. citizen the same immigrant status as an alien child adopted by a U.S. citizen and ...
- H.R. 2084 (94th): A bill to amend the Food Stamp Act of 1964.
- H.R. 689 (93rd): A bill to amend section 712 of title 18 of the United States Code, to prohibit persons attempting to collect their own debts from misusing names in ...
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).
Koch sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (18%) Health (16%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Education (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%)
Some of Koch’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 9987 (95th): Bikeway Transportation Act
- H.R. 9989 (95th): A bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide for the ...
- H.R. 9988 (95th): A bill to extend to all unmarried individuals the full tax benefits ...
- H.R. 9986 (95th): Federal Information and Privacy Board Act
- H.J.Res. 651 (95th): Joint resolution to increase the authorization provided for the development of Ellis ...
- H.R. 9455 (95th): Bikeway Transportation Act
- H.R. 9454 (95th): Bikeway Transportation Act
From Jan 1969 to Dec 1977, Koch missed 666 of 4,149 roll call votes, which is 16.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1977. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills