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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Tonko.
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 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 3, 2017 to Nov 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Paul Tonko sits on the following committees:
Tonko was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1754 (116th): Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020
- H.R. 583 (116th): Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act
- H.R. 2041 (116th): Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act
- H.R. 1328 (116th): ACCESS BROADBAND Act
- H.R. 6870 (115th): To rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 in honor of Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter.
- H.R. 4005 (115th): Medicaid Reentry Act
- H.R. 6414 (114th): Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2016
Does 8 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).
Tonko sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Energy (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)
Some of Tonko’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5965: Clean Hydrogen Deployment Act of 2021
- H.R. 5674: Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act of 2021
- H.R. 4676: State Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2021
- H.R. 4677: New York-New Jersey Watershed Protection Act
- H.R. 4192: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 3450: Medicaid Bump Act
- H.R. 3291: Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2021
From Jan 2009 to Nov 2021, Tonko missed 53 of 8,335 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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