She was previously the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 1992.
Read our 2018 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Nita Lowey sits on the following committees:
Lowey was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3401: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019
- H.R. 2157: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019
- H.J.Res. 28: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
- H.R. 268: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
- H.R. 672 (115th): Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017
- H.R. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017
- H.R. 3081 (111th): Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Does 15 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).
Lowey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (28%) International Affairs (22%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Energy (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Health (5%) Emergency Management (5%)
Some of Lowey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4378: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019
- H.Res. 540: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street.
- H.R. 4123: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for increases ...
- H.R. 4125: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the 7-year ...
- H.R. 4122: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for full ...
- H.R. 4126: Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2019
- H.R. 4124: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the two-year ...
From Jan 1989 to Sep 2019, Lowey missed 511 of 19,541 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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 and major life events.
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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills