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Rep. Nita Lowey’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Lowey’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Representatives

Lowey introduced 15 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 21: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 268: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 648: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 2157: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster …; H.R. 2839: Department of State, Foreign Operations, …; H.R. 3401: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian …; H.R. 4378: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and …; H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental …; H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act; H.R. 8319: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021; H.R. 8337: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and …; H.R. 8900: Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, …; H.J.Res. 28: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, …; H.J.Res. 107: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, …; H.J.Res. 110: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, …

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th 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.


 

Held the most committee positions compared to New York Delegation

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 (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lowey introduced 26 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 21: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 268: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 648: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019; H.R. 2157: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster …; H.R. 2839: Department of State, Foreign Operations, …; H.R. 3401: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian …; H.R. 4378: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and …; H.R. 5687: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster …; H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental …; H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act; H.R. 6800: The Heroes Act; H.R. 7327: Child Care for Economic Recovery …; H.R. 7608: State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural …; H.R. 8319: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021; H.R. 8337: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and …; H.R. 8900: Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, …; H.Con.Res. 75: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.Con.Res. 81: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.Con.Res. 82: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.Con.Res. 127: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.Con.Res. 128: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.J.Res. 1: Making further continuing appropriations for …; H.J.Res. 27: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, …; H.J.Res. 28: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, …; H.J.Res. 107: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, …; H.J.Res. 110: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, …

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 20th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Lowey cosponsored 288 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 (8th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 35th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Lowey’s 43 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lowey caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Introduced the 43rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Lowey introduced 43 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 71st top leader compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 80th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

7 of Lowey’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 540: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of …; H.R. 1055: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights …; H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act; H.R. 6379: Workforce Emergency Response Act of …; H.R. 6800: The Heroes Act; H.R. 7327: Child Care for Economic Recovery …; H.R. 8406: The Heroes Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got the 85th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Lowey’s bills and resolutions had 643 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 91st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 288 bills that Lowey cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored 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. 4 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.Res. 277: Affirming the importance of access …; H.R. 1055: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights …; H.R. 3104: Partnership Fund for Peace Act …; H.R. 8406: The Heroes Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lowey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lowey missed 2.4% of votes (23 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lowey’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.