Ackerman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Ackerman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full 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
Does 11 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).
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%) Law (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. 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills