Rep. James Scheuer
Former Representative for New York’s 8th District
Scheuer was the representative for New York’s 8th congressional district and was most recently a Democrat-Liberal (1991-1992) and previously a Democrat (1983-1990). He served from 1983 to 1992.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982; the representative for New York’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1972; and the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1970.
Scheuer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Scheuer sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Scheuer was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 422 (102nd): Designating May 1992 as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month”.
- H.J.Res. 527 (100th): A joint resolution to designate the week of April 17, 1988, through April 24, 1988, as “Jewish Heritage Week”.
- H.J.Res. 297 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning July 27, 1986, as “National Nuclear Medicine Week”.
- H.R. 2800 (99th): A bill to provide authorization of appropriations for activities under the Land Remote-Sensing Commercialization Act of 1984.
- H.J.Res. 258 (99th): A joint resolution to designate May 6, 1985, as “Dr. Jonas E. Salk Day”.
- H.R. 7939 (96th): A bill to amend the Securities Investor Protection Act to increase the amount of protection available under such Act to customers of brokers and dealers, and to …
- H.R. 6395 (96th): A bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to modify certain post-employment restrictions applicable to officers and employees of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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).
Scheuer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Scheuer recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5992 (102nd): Weather Service Modernization Act of 1992
- H.R. 5961 (102nd): Federal Fair Franchising Practices Act of 1992
- H.Res. 564 (102nd): Expressing the profound sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death …
- H.R. 5389 (102nd): National Biological Resources Research and Development Act
- H.R. 5066 (102nd): Long Island Sound Water Quality Research Act
- H.Con.Res. 310 (102nd): To express the sense of the Congress that current natural gas economic …
- H.R. 4537 (102nd): Coral Reef Environmental Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1965 to Oct 1992, Scheuer missed 1,105 of 11,436 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
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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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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