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Rep. Gary Ackerman

Former Representative from New York’s 5th District, Democrat

Ackerman, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 5th congressional district from 1993 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for New York's 7th congressional district (1983-1992).

Photo of Rep. Gary Ackerman [D-NY5, 1993-2012]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Ackerman sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ackerman is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Ackerman was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Ackerman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (20%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) International Affairs (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Commerce (9%) Health (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ackerman’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Nay H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Passed 293/132.
Aye H.R. 3078 (112th): United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Passed 262/167.
No H.R. 2218 (112th): Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
Sep 13, 2011. Passed 365/54.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.Res. 847 (110th): Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.
Dec 11, 2007. Passed 372/9.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Jan 2013, Ackerman missed 1,577 of 18,002 roll call votes, which is 8.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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