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Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Former Representative for Connecticut’s 5th District

pronounced e-LIZ-uh-buth // ESS-tee

Esty was the representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2013 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In April of 2018, Rep. Esty announced she would not seek reelection after she admitted that she had failed to address sexual harassment by one staffer against another in a timely manner. She said she had also asked for a review of her office's actions by the House Committee on Ethics. In December of 2018, the House Committee on Ethics found that Esty had broken no House rules but that she could have handled the situation better.

Apr. 2, 2018 Esty announced she would not seek re-election in 2018.
Dec. 20, 2018 House Committee on Ethics found that Esty had not acted quickly to remove the staffer as she should have, but that she did not break any rules.
Photo of Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Esty.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Esty is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Esty sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 94% NIAC Action: A American Civil Liberties Union: 79% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 58% NumbersUSA: 22% Americans for Prosperity: 13% FreedomWorks: 10% The Club for Growth: 2%

Enacted Legislation

Esty was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Esty sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (24%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Commerce (11%) Taxation (11%) Environmental Protection (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Esty voted Yea

Passed 264/143 on Mar 6, 2018.

H.R. 4607 amends the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) to require the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and each ...

Esty voted Aye

Passed 257/167 on Jun 29, 2017.

H.R. 3004 protects public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. Specifically, the bill provides for: A sentence of ...

Esty voted Yea

Passed 270/156 on Oct 1, 2015.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for ...

Esty voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Esty voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Esty voted No

Esty voted Aye

Passed 272/142 on Feb 13, 2015.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 636 when it was the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. The bill subsequently became the ...

Esty voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Esty voted Aye

Esty voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Esty missed 34 of 3,739 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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.

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Primary Sources

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