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Rep. Edward Koch

Former Representative for New York’s 18th District

Koch was the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 1969 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Koch was the primary sponsor of 4 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 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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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