Lent was the representative for New York’s 4th congressional district and was most recently a Republican-Conservative (1991-1992) and previously a Republican (1973-1990). He served from 1973 to 1992.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1971 to 1972.
Lent is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Lent sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Lent was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 93 (100th): A joint resolution to provide for a temporary prohibition of strikes or lockouts with respect to the Long Island Rail Road labor-management dispute.
- H.R. 929 (96th): A bill for the relief of Eun Kyung Cho and Hei Kyung Cho.
- H.R. 10434 (93rd): Budget Control Act
Does 3 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).
Lent sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (22%) Taxation (22%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Energy (6%) Health (6%)
Some of Lent’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6199 (102nd): Voluntary Environmental Response Act of 1992
- H.R. 3495 (102nd): To declare certain portions of Wappinger Creek in Dutchess County, New York, ...
- H.J.Res. 334 (102nd): Designating the week of April 26, 1992, as “Just Pray No Week”.
- H.R. 2398 (102nd): Hazardous and Additional Waste Export and Import Act of 1991
- H.R. 2296 (102nd): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to display a yellow ribbon ...
- H.Con.Res. 148 (102nd): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Soviet Union should release ...
- H.J.Res. 216 (102nd): To express opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s past increases in fluoridation ...
From Jan 1971 to Oct 1992, Lent missed 960 of 11,199 roll call votes, which is 8.6%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills