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Rep. Nita Lowey’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 17th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Lowey’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 2nd most committee positions compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

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 (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to New York Delegation

Lowey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 22% of Lowey’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th 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 189 bills that Lowey cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd 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 influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 15 others)

4 of Lowey’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.Res. 419: Recognizing the importance of frontline ...; H.Res. 567: Expressing opposition to the European ...; H.R. 2016: Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act; H.R. 2740: Global Democracy Promotion Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 65th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Lowey introduced 18 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 89th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Got the 97th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lowey’s bills and resolutions had 300 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (74th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lowey introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lowey introduced 0 bills in 2015 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).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 3044: Research of Alcohol Detection Systems ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Lowey cosponsored 189 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 (26th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lowey missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 699 votes) in 2015. View Lowey’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lowey supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lowey 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lowey cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.