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Rep. Shirley Chisholm

Former Representative for New York’s 12th District

Chisholm was the representative for New York’s 12th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1969 to 1982.

Photo of Rep. Shirley Chisholm [D-NY12, 1969-1982]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Chisholm 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Chisholm sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Chisholm was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was 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 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

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

Missed Votes

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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