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Rep. Michael Forbes

Former Representative for New York’s 1st District

Forbes was the representative for New York’s 1st congressional district and was most recently a Democrat (1999-2000) and previously a Republican (1995-1999). He served from 1995 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. Michael Forbes [D-NY1, 1995-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Forbes is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 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 Forbes sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Forbes was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Forbes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Law (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Taxation (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Social Welfare (9%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2000, Forbes missed 240 of 3,741 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2000. 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: