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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
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.
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 3, 2017 to Jan 13, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Jeffries was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4508 (116th): Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act
- 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 5 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.Res. 9: Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.Res. 2: Electing officers of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 8560: Kenneth P. Thompson Begin Again Act
- H.Res. 1135: Electing certain Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 8124: Criminal Judicial Administration Act of 2020
- H.R. 6400: Emergency Community Supervision Act
- H.R. 6019: Cure the Coronavirus 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 Jan 2021, Jeffries missed 144 of 4,710 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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