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Rep. Gary Ackerman

Former Representative for New York’s 5th District

Ackerman was the representative for New York’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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).

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ackerman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Ackerman voted No

Ackerman voted Nay

Ackerman voted No

Ackerman voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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