Kemp was the representative for New York’s 31st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1988.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 38th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1982; and the representative for New York’s 39th congressional district as a Republican from 1971 to 1972.
Kemp is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Kemp sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.
Kemp was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1826 (100th): A bill for the relief of Natasha Susan Middelmann, Samantha Abigail Middelmann, Naomi Katrina Orloff Middelmann, and Hannah Emily Middelmann.
- H.J.Res. 597 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning September 2, 1984 as “Youth of America Week”.
- H.J.Res. 447 (97th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating April 4, 1982, as the “National Day of Reflection”.
- H.R. 2279 (96th): National Ski Patrol System Recognition Act of 1979
- H.R. 5037 (95th): National Energy Conservation Policy Act
- H.R. 3259 (95th): An Act to continue to suspend for a temporary period the import duty on certain horses, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 13631 (93rd): An Act to suspend for a temporary period the import duty on certain horses, and for other purposes.
Does 10 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).
Kemp sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (18%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Education (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Energy (8%)
Some of Kemp’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 625 (100th): A joint resolution Entitled: “ Nicaragua Freedom Act of 1988”.
- H.R. 4690 (100th): Plant-Opening and Jobs Creation Act of 1988
- H.R. 3632 (100th): Acid Deposition Control Act of 1987
- H.R. 3419 (100th): AIDS Prevention Act of 1987
- H.R. 3243 (100th): A bill to authorize appropriations for assistance to the Nicaraguan democratic resistance.
- H.R. 3095 (100th): International Financial Security Act of 1987
- H.R. 2612 (100th): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act so ...
From Jan 1971 to Oct 1988, Kemp missed 1,595 of 9,363 roll call votes, which is 17.0%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills