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Rep. Maurice Hinchey

Former Representative for New York’s 22nd District

Hinchey was the representative for New York’s 22nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 26th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D-NY22, 2003-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hinchey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Hinchey sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hinchey was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Hinchey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (21%) Finance and Financial Sector (16%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Law (9%) Emergency Management (9%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Hinchey recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Hinchey voted No

Hinchey voted Nay

Hinchey voted Nay

Hinchey voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Hinchey voted No

Passed 220/175 on Sep 7, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jan 2013, Hinchey missed 879 of 13,431 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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

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