Jeffries is the representative for New York’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Jeffries is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He is also House Democratic Caucus Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Jeffries.
Jeffries is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Jeffries has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 18, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Hakeem Jeffries sits on the following committees:
Jeffries was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3979 (115th): Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act
- H.R. 1527 (114th): Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015
- H.R. 544 (114th): Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015
- H.R. 5108 (113th): To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes.
Does 4 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).
Jeffries sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Jeffries’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8124: Criminal Judicial Administration Act of 2020
- H.R. 6400: Emergency Community Supervision Act
- H.R. 6019: Cure the Coronavirus Act
- H.Res. 870: Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives ...
- H.Res. 793: Electing a certain Member to a certain standing committee of the House of ...
- H.R. 5586: Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act
- H.R. 5546: Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act
As House Democratic Caucus Chair, Jeffries may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2013 to Sep 2020, Jeffries missed 144 of 4,635 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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