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Rep. Nita Lowey’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 17th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Lowey’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Lowey’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to House Democrats

Lowey held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Lowey’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Lowey missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lowey’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (16th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Lowey cosponsored 244 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Lowey supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lowey 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lowey cosponsored H.R. 2440: FISA Court in the Sunshine ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Lowey introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 244 bills that Lowey cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got the 37th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Lowey’s bills and resolutions had 411 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked the 45th top leader compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Ranked 90th most liberal compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lowey introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Lowey’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 2738: Global Democracy Promotion Act; H.R. 3513: Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act; H.R. 4578: Peace Corps Equity Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Lowey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 42% of Lowey’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Lowey’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 1835: United States Cadet Nurse Corps ...; H.R. 2636: Hudson River Valley Special Resource ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Laws Enacted

Lowey introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.