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Rep. Nita Lowey

Former Representative for New York’s 17th District

pronounced NEE-tuh // LOH-ee

Lowey was the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2013 to 2020.

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.

Photo of Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17, 2013-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Lowey.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lowey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Lowey sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lowey was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 26 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

Lowey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (34%) Social Welfare (19%) International Affairs (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Emergency Management (5%) Health (5%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Energy (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lowey recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Lowey voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 …

Lowey 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 …

Lowey voted Aye

Lowey voted Aye

Passed 301/124 on Jun 12, 2013.

Lowey voted Aye

Lowey 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 …

Lowey voted Yea

Lowey voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Dec 2020, Lowey missed 525 of 19,955 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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