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Rep. John LaFalce

Former Representative for New York’s 29th District

LaFalce was the representative for New York’s 29th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 32nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992; and the representative for New York’s 36th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. John LaFalce [D-NY29, 1993-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

LaFalce is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 LaFalce sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

LaFalce was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 18 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

LaFalce sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (20%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Commerce (16%) Law (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Nov 2002, LaFalce missed 890 of 15,329 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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: