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Rep. Nita Lowey’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Lowey’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 New York Delegation (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 (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Lowey cosponsored 178 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Was 16th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Lowey missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Lowey’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

Ranked the 33rd 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 33rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 24 others)

5 of Lowey’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 342: Recognizing the essential contributions of ...; H.R. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and ...; H.R. 671: HER Act; H.R. 672: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; H.R. 1438: Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 90th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lowey’s bills and resolutions had 316 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Ranked 94th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

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. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and ...; H.R. 672: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 178 bills that Lowey cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Lowey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Lowey’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lowey introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lowey introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and ...; H.R. 672: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Lowey introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lowey supported any of 21 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. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.