Ottinger was the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1984.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 24th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1982; and the representative for New York’s 25th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1970.
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 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 from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Ottinger was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2594 (96th): A bill for the relief of Lunette Joyce Clarke.
- H.R. 3407 (96th): An act to waive the time limitation on the award of certain military decorations to members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon of the 394th Infantry Regiment, …
- H.R. 5305 (96th): Women in Science and Technology Equal Opportunity Act
- H.R. 2849 (95th): An Act to suspend until July 1, 1978, the rate of duty on mattress blanks of rubber latex, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2850 (95th): An Act to suspend until the close of June 30, 1978, the duty on certain latex sheets, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 9543 (94th): A bill for the relief of Eupert Anthony Grant.
- H.J.Res. 406 (94th): Joint resolution to provide for the presentation by the United States to Israel of a statue of Abraham Lincoln to be donated by Leon and Ruth Gildesgame …
Does 7 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).
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%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Ottinger recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 6244 (98th): Residential Energy Conservation Tax Credit Act of 1984
- H.R. 6015 (98th): A bill to abolish the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere.
- H.R. 5766 (98th): Regional Conservation and Electric Power Planning and Regulatory Coordination Act of 1984
- H.R. 5668 (98th): A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain …
- H.R. 5628 (98th): Conservation Service Reform Act of 1984
- H.R. 5467 (98th): Conservation Service Reform Act of 1984
- H.R. 5299 (98th): Public Interest Hydroelectric Facility Relicensing Reform Act of 1984
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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.
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
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills