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Rep. Eric Massa

Former Representative for New York’s 29th District

Massa was the representative for New York’s 29th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2010.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2010 Massa was investigated for sexual harassment, at some point after he resigned on March 8, 2010, the Congressional Office of Compliance settled with Massa's accusor for $100,000.

Mar. 4, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct opened an investigation
Mar. 5, 2010 Representative Massa resigned effective Mar. 8, 2010.
Mar. 10, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct closed the investigation since he resigned
Mar. 11, 2010 House of Representatives passed a resolution demanding a resumption of the investigation
Apr. 20, 2010 House House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct established an Investigative Subcommittee
2010 At some point after he resigned, the Congressional Office of Compliance settled with Massa's victims for $100,000.
Jul. 14, 2011 House Committee on Ethics reauthorized an investigative subcommittee
Dec. 31, 2012 House Committee on Ethics had not completed its investigation
Photo of Rep. Eric Massa [D-NY29, 2009-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Massa is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Massa sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Massa was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Massa recently introduced the following legislation:

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Massa voted No

Passed 219/212 on Jun 26, 2009.

This is the so-called Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill and was considered more comprehensive and ambitious than both the Lieberman-Warner Bill and President Obama’s proposal. …

Massa voted Nay

Massa voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Mar 2010, Massa missed 34 of 1,082 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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