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Rep. Jack Kemp

Former Representative for New York’s 31st District

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.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Kemp was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kemp sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (18%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Labor and Employment (12%) Education (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Energy (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kemp’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: