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Rep. James Hanley

Former Representative for New York’s 32nd District

Hanley was the representative for New York’s 32nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 35th congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1972; and the representative for New York’s 34th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1970.

Photo of Rep. James Hanley [D-NY32, 1973-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hanley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Hanley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hanley was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hanley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (46%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Energy (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hanley recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1895 to Dec 1980, Hanley missed 597 of 7,292 roll call votes, which is 8.2%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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: