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Rep. Nita Lowey

Representative for New York’s 17th District

pronounced NEE-tuh // LOH-ee

Lowey is the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Lowey is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

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.

Rep. Nita Lowey is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Jun 26, 2020, Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] will be casting Lowey’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Lowey.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Nita Lowey sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lowey was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 20 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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (21%) International Affairs (21%) Economics and Public Finance (21%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Emergency Management (9%) Health (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Lowey’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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 Jul 2020, Lowey missed 521 of 19,840 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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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Primary Sources

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