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Rep. Michael Grimm

Former Representative for New York’s 11th District

Grimm was the representative for New York’s 11th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 13th congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2012.


In 2014 Grimm pleaded guilty to tax evasion after having been investigated for violating federal campaign finance laws by soliciting and accepting prohibited campaign contributions, causing false information to be included in campaign finance reports, and improperly seeking assistance from a foreign national in soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for offering to use his official position to assist that individual in obtaining a green card. This plea came three years after the Office of Congressional Ethics began an investigation of the allegations. Grimm resigned in January 2015 and served seven months in prison.

Nov. 26, 2014 House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice
2014 Grimm pleaded guilty to tax evasion.
2015 Resigned and served seven months in prison.
Photo of Rep. Michael Grimm [R-NY11, 2013-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Grimm.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Grimm is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Grimm sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Grimm was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Grimm sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (19%) Taxation (19%) International Affairs (15%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Environmental Protection (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Grimm recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Grimm voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Grimm voted Aye

Grimm voted Nay

Passed 221/207 on May 9, 2013.

Grimm voted No

Grimm voted Nay

Grimm voted Aye

Grimm voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Grimm voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2014, Grimm missed 113 of 2,810 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. 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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