Lowey, a Democrat, is the representative for New York's 17th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Lowey is next up for reelection in 2018.
She was previously the representative for New York's 18th congressional district (1993-2012); and the representative for New York's 20th congressional district (1989-1992).
Read our 2016 Report Card for Lowey.
Lowey 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Lowey has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Nita Lowey sits on the following committees:
Lowey was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017
- H.R. 3081 (111th): Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
- H.R. 1397 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 41 Purdy Avenue in Rye, New York, as the “Caroline O’Day Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1157 (110th): Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2008
- H.R. 6340 (110th): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 300 Quarropas Street in White Plains, New York, as the “Charles L. Brieant, Jr., Federal Building ...
- H.R. 2764 (110th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008
- H.R. 2778 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, New York, as the “Robert Merrill Postal Station”.
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 about one third or more 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).
Lowey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (30%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Social Welfare (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Energy (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Health (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)
Some of Lowey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4440: To require the Secretary of Energy to retain and redistribute certain amounts collected ...
- H.R. 4441: To amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to prohibit certain waivers and ...
- H.R. 4442: To amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to authorize the Secretary ...
- H.R. 3435: To prohibit the transportation of certain volatile crude oil by rail.
- H.Res. 342: Recognizing the essential contributions of frontline health workers to strengthening the United States ...
- H.R. 1438: Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act
- H.R. 1168: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act
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H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act
Jun 23, 2017. Passed 377/34.
H.R. 2842 connects low-income Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training. Specifically, the legislation provides funding for states to subsidize employment for a limited time for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ...
H.R. 5461: Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act
Sep 21, 2016. Passed 282/143.
H.R. 3461: To approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the ...
Sep 11, 2015. Failed 162/269.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3080 (112th): United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Passed 278/151.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
S. 990 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
May 26, 2011. Passed 250/153.
From Jan 1989 to Nov 2017, Lowey missed 492 of 18,428 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 82 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills