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 Aug 12, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Hakeem Jeffries sits on the following committees:
Jeffries was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2471: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022
- H.R. 2093: Veterans and Family Information Act
- H.R. 4508 (116th): Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act
- H.R. 2426 (116th): CASE Act of 2019
- 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
Does 8 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:
Crime and Law Enforcement (40%) Commerce (22%) Health (10%) International Affairs (8%) Environmental Protection (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Jeffries recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 8643: To establish a grant program for States to fund community-based nonprofit student loan …
- H.Res. 1173: Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 7273: Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act
- H.R. 7181: Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2022
- H.R. 6734: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act of 2022
- H.Res. 902: Electing a certain Member to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.Res. 825: Electing a certain Member to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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 Aug 2022, Jeffries missed 147 of 5,562 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% 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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