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Rep. Richard Ottinger

Former Representative for New York’s 20th District

Ottinger, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 20th congressional district from 1983 to 1984.

He was previously the representative for New York's 24th congressional district (1975-1982); and the representative for New York's 25th congressional district (1965-1970).

Photo of Rep. Richard Ottinger [D-NY20, 1983-1984]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ottinger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Ottinger sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ottinger was the primary sponsor of 7 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 about one third or more 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

Ottinger sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Energy (17%) International Affairs (17%) Taxation (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Oct 1984, Ottinger missed 515 of 7,121 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is on par with the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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