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Rep. Geraldine Ferraro

Former Representative for New York’s 9th District

Ferraro was the representative for New York’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1979 to 1984.

Photo of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro [D-NY9, 1979-1984]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ferraro is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Ferraro sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ferraro was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Ferraro sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (21%) International Affairs (14%) Health (14%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Taxation (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ferraro recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1984, Ferraro missed 402 of 2,994 roll call votes, which is 13.4%. This is much worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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: