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Rep. Frederick Richmond

Former Representative for New York’s 14th District

Richmond was the representative for New York’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1982.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1982, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Richmond for evading federal taxes (pleaded guilty to felony charge), two misdemeanors involving a government contract, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Aug. 25, 1982. On May. 12, 1982, the committee deferred its investigation at the request of the Department of Justice. On Aug. 25, 1982, he resigned.

May. 12, 1982 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct deferred its investigation at the request of the Department of Justice
Aug. 25, 1982 Resigned.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Richmond is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Richmond sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Richmond was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Richmond sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (18%) Arts, Culture, Religion (18%) Taxation (17%) Health (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Social Welfare (8%) Animals (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Aug 1982, Richmond missed 797 of 4,733 roll call votes, which is 16.8%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1982. 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

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