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Rep. Vito Fossella

Former Representative for New York’s 13th District

Fossella was the representative for New York’s 13th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. Vito Fossella [R-NY13, 1997-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fossella is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Fossella sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fossella was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Fossella sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Health (12%) Law (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Emergency Management (9%) Families (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Fossella recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Fossella voted Yea

Fossella voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Nov 1997 to Dec 2008, Fossella missed 472 of 7,133 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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