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Rep. Steven Rothman

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 9th District

Rothman was the representative for New Jersey’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Steven Rothman [D-NJ9, 1997-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rothman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Rothman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Rothman was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Rothman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Health (15%) Education (12%) Sports and Recreation (12%) International Affairs (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Emergency Management (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Rothman recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Rothman voted Yea

Rothman voted No

Rothman voted Aye

Passed 293/127 on Apr 18, 2012.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, MAP-21, is a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. …

Rothman voted Yea

Rothman voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Rothman voted No

Passed 220/175 on Sep 7, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Jan 2013, Rothman missed 529 of 10,969 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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