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Rep. James Hastings

Former Representative for New York’s 39th District

Hastings was the representative for New York’s 39th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 38th congressional district as a Republican from 1969 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hastings is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Hastings sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hastings was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hastings sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (37%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Labor and Employment (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Social Welfare (8%) Private Legislation (8%) Taxation (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hastings recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Jan 1976, Hastings missed 414 of 2,787 roll call votes, which is 14.9%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1976. 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: