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Rep. William Owens

Former Representative for New York’s 21st District

Owens was the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 23rd congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2012 Owens was investigated for accepting impermissible travel gifts in 2011. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the gift was impermissible, but since Owens repaid the funds, the investigation was closed. Owens did not seek reelection in 2014.

Aug. 30, 2012 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the first allegation
Nov. 15, 2013 House Committee on Ethics concluded that the gift was impermissible, but since Owens repaid the funds, the investigation was closed
2014 Owens did not seek reelection in 2014.
Photo of Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Owens.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Owens is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Owens sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Owens was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Owens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Immigration (13%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Environmental Protection (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Owens voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Owens voted Aye

Owens voted Yea

Owens voted Nay

Passed 303/121 on May 22, 2014.

Owens voted No

Owens 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 …

Missed Votes

From Nov 2009 to Dec 2014, Owens missed 70 of 3,599 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. 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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Primary Sources

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