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Rep. Paul Tonko

Representative for New York’s 20th District

pronounced pawl // TONG-koh

Tonko is the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Tonko is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Tonko.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tonko is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Tonko has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to May 24, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Paul Tonko sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Tonko was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Tonko sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (22%) Energy (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Environmental Protection (9%) Education (6%) Water Resources Development (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Tonko’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Tonko voted Nay

Passed 403/12 on May 24, 2016.

The TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to expand the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate and ...

Tonko voted No

Tonko voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Tonko voted No

Tonko voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Tonko voted No

Tonko voted Yea

Passed 245/139 on Nov 30, 2012.

Tonko voted Yea

Tonko voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to May 2019, Tonko missed 46 of 7,226 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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