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)
Ackerman was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5923 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 29-50 Union Street in Flushing, New York, as the “Dr. Leonard Price Stavisky Post Office”.
- H.R. 1316 (102nd): Performance Management and Recognition System Amendments of 1991
- H.R. 2514 (101st): Thrift Savings Plan Technical Amendments Act of 1990
- H.R. 1805 (101st): An act to amend title 5, United States Code, to allow Federal annuitants to make contributions for health benefits through direct payments rather than through annuity withholdings, ...
- H.R. 3282 (101st): Performance Management and Recognition System Reauthorization Act of 1989
- H.R. 5102 (100th): Federal Employees Health Benefits Amendments Act of 1988
- H.R. 3757 (100th): Federal Employees Leave Sharing Act of 1988
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).
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%)
Some of Ackerman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4080 (112th): To direct the Architect of the Capitol to acquire a statue of ...
- H.R. 4038 (112th): American College Tuition Tax Relief Act of 2012
- H.R. 3704 (112th): Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act
- H.R. 2728 (112th): Corporate Politics Transparency Act
- H.Res. 317 (112th): Demanding that Hamas immediately and unconditionally release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
- H.R. 1987 (112th): Ponzi Scheme Investor Protection Act of 2011
- H.R. 1669 (112th): License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act of 2011
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills