Rep. Shirley Chisholm

Former Representative from New York’s 12th District, Democrat

Chisholm, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 12th congressional district from 1969 to 1982.



Our unique analysis of the bills Chisholm sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Chisholm is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Chisholm sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (26%) Immigration (16%) Labor and Employment (16%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Native Americans (11%) Private Legislation (11%) Families (11%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1969 to Dec 1982, Chisholm missed 1,934 of 7,071 roll call votes, which is 27.4%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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