Solarz was the representative for New York’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1992.
Solarz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Solarz sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Solarz was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 471 (102nd): Designating September 16, 1992, as “National Occupational Therapy Day”.
- H.J.Res. 467 (101st): Designating September 21, 1990, as “National POW/MIA Recognition Day”, and recognizing the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.
- H.R. 2344 (101st): To authorize the transfer to the Republic of the Philippines of two excess naval vessels.
- H.R. 2802 (100th): A bill for the relief of Fleurette Seidman.
- H.R. 5389 (100th): Bangladesh Disaster Assistance Act of 1988
- H.J.Res. 453 (100th): A joint resolution designating September 16, 1988, as “National POW/MIA Recognition Day”.
- H.J.Res. 216 (100th): A joint resolution to support a ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war and a negotiated solution to the conflict.
Does 13 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).
Solarz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Solarz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 361 (102nd): Condemning the persecution of Cuban poet Maria Elena Cruz Varela, and for ...
- H.R. 5890 (102nd): Handgun Control Act of 1992
- H.R. 5891 (102nd): Foreign Language Satellite Training Center Act of 1992
- H.Con.Res. 356 (102nd): Concerning the establishment of a United States-China Human Rights Commission.
- H.R. 5708 (102nd): Khmer Rouge Prosecution Act
- H.Con.Res. 348 (102nd): To commend the people of the Philippines for successfully conducting peaceful general ...
- H.R. 5360 (102nd): International Refugee Protection Act of 1992
From Jan 1975 to Oct 1992, Solarz missed 744 of 9,468 roll call votes, which is 7.9%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills