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Rep. Mario Biaggi

Former Representative for New York’s 19th District

Biaggi was the representative for New York’s 19th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982; and the representative for New York’s 24th congressional district as a Democrat from 1969 to 1972.

Misconduct

In 1988, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Biaggi for accepting illegal gratuities, obstruction of justice and violation of the Travel Act on Sept. 22, 1987 because he accepted free vacations in exchange for using influence, for which he was convicted. On Feb. 17, 1988 the committee recommended expulsion, 12-0. On Aug. 5, 1988, he resigned after an additional conviction.

Feb. 17, 1988 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended expulsion, 12-0
Aug. 5, 1988 Resigned after an additional conviction.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Biaggi is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Biaggi sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Biaggi was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Biaggi sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Social Welfare (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Private Legislation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Aug 1988, Biaggi missed 2,069 of 9,613 roll call votes, which is 21.5%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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