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Rep. Samuel Stratton

Former Representative for New York’s 23rd District

Stratton was the representative for New York’s 23rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 28th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982; the representative for New York’s 29th congressional district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1972; the representative for New York’s 35th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1970; and the representative for New York’s 32nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1962.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stratton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 Stratton sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Stratton was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 18 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

Stratton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (32%) Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) International Affairs (9%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1988, Stratton missed 867 of 11,329 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is on par with the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. 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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Primary Sources

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