Flake was the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1997.
Flake is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Flake sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
Flake sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (17%) Commerce (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Education (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Health (10%) Housing and Community Development (10%)
Some of Flake’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 717 (105th): To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to continue the exemption …
- H.R. 2123 (104th): Savings Association Insurance Fund Capitalization Act of 1995
- H.R. 1258 (104th): Small Business Capital Access Act of 1995
- H.R. 1181 (104th): Family Investment and Self-Sufficiency Act of 1995
- H.R. 4546 (103rd): Family Investment and Self-Sufficiency Act of 1994
- H.Con.Res. 252 (103rd): Expressing the sense of the Congress that a postage stamp should be …
- H.R. 4238 (103rd): Liberian Relief, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Act of 1994
From Jan 1987 to Nov 1997, Flake missed 740 of 5,877 roll call votes, which is 12.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1997. 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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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills