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Rep. Michael Lawler

Representative for New York’s 17th District

Lawler is the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Lawler is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 37 years old.

Photo of Rep. Michael Lawler [R-NY17]


Lawler proposed $59 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $18 million to Town of Ramapo for “Town of Ramapo Safer Neighborhoods Project”
  • $8 million to Putnam County for “Putnam County Pedestrian Improvement Project”
  • $5 million to Rockland County Sewer District No. 1 for “Rockland Sewer Screenings Improvement Project”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lawler is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Lawler has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 19, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Michael Lawler sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Lawler sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (40%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Education (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lawler recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 2023 to Sep 2023, Lawler missed 5 of 401 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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