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Rep. Thomas Downey

Former Representative from New York’s 2nd District, Democrat

Downey, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 2nd congressional district from 1975 to 1992.


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Downey is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Downey was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were 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 about one third or more 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

Downey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (32%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Social Welfare (17%) Health (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Families (6%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Education (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1992, Downey missed 473 of 9,472 roll call votes, which is 5.0%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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