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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.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Scheuer 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

Scheuer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (42%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) International Affairs (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Energy (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Scheuer recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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