He was previously the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for New York’s 19th congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 1992.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2010 Engel was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action.
|Jul. 30, 2010||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Dec. 31, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Engel.
Engel is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Engel has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 23, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Eliot Engel sits on the following committees:
Engel was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3203 (115th): Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017
- H.R. 4939 (114th): United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016
- H.R. 1493 (114th): Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act
- H.R. 3177 (113th): PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013
- H.R. 1517 (111th): To allow certain U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees who serve under an overseas limited appointment for at least 2 years, and whose service is rated fully ...
- H.R. 6199 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 245 North Main Street in New City, New York, as the “Kenneth Peter Zebrowski Post ...
- H.R. 5265 (110th): Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research, and Education Amendments of 2008
Does 17 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).
Engel sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Engel’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4178: REFUND Act of 2019
- H.R. 4020: Checkpoint Safety Act of 2019
- H.R. 4021: FACE Protection Act of 2019
- H.R. 4019: Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019
- H.Res. 517: Supporting the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and its Sixth ...
- H.R. 3558: 21st Century Hospitals Act
- H.R. 3501: Safeguard our Elections and Combat Unlawful Interference in Our Democracy Act
From Jan 1989 to Jul 2019, Engel missed 1,374 of 19,515 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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 Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills