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Rep. Peter Peyser

Former Representative for New York’s 23rd District

Peyser was the representative for New York’s 23rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1982.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 23rd congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1976; and the representative for New York’s 25th congressional district as a Republican from 1971 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Peyser is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Peyser sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Peyser was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Peyser sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (20%) Agriculture and Food (15%) Social Welfare (15%) Energy (15%) International Affairs (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Health (10%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Peyser recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1971 to Dec 1982, Peyser missed 897 of 5,088 roll call votes, which is 17.6%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: